Greats Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been given knighthoods in the resignation honours list of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The pair will be recognised to game following long and successful careers in the county level and international.
Yorkshire opener Boycott is the sporting hero of May and she famously last year compared her Brexit strategy into a Boycott innings.
He played 108 Tests between 1964 and 1982, scoring 8,114 runs at an average of 47.72 – the first England player to reach 8,000.
Boycott averaged 56,83 for his first-class career with 151 centuries and over 48,000 conducts in all memorably grading his century in 1977. Now 78, he commentates on awards.
Fellow opener Strauss performed for Middlesex and England, scoring 7,037 runs in 100 Tests.
He went on to captain his state and was a member of the 2005 team; one of the couple England skippers to win Ashes series in the home and away, he also led the group from the ICC world ranks.
He was a spell as manager of England cricket, instigating the emphasis on the game which ended at a World Cup victory.
Following the sad death of his spouse Ruth in the rare type of lung cancer, Strauss set up The Ruth Strauss Foundation, and reddish turned for this year’s Ashes Test against Australia in the aid of this charity.
England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison stated:”We couldn’t be more delighted that Sir Andrew Strauss joins other giants inside the game who have been knighted for his or her own achievements.
“He finished his playing career in 2012, having scored over 17,000 first-class conducts for Middlesex and England.
“In May 2015, Andrew was invited to join with the ECB as manager, England championships, to form the future strategy of the men’s international teams – as a way to allow an environment that could see England as dwell contenders for the World Cup in 2019, a goal they so thrillingly delivered just a few short months ago.
“Apart from his achievements on and off the pitch, Andrew is broadly regarded as an exceptional person in our game and this great accolade is going to be renowned around the world.
“Our heartfelt congratulations also go to Sir Geoffrey Boycott – famous for his lengthy career and enthusiastic dedication to the sport.”
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