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Geoffrey Boycott, Andrew Strauss honoured with knighthoods

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss, both former England captains, were accorded with knighthoods as part of the ex-Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours’ list.

The 78-year-old Boycott played for England between 1964 and 1982, amassing 8114 runs from 108 Tests at 47.72, including 22 hundreds, and captained the side in four Tests in 1978.

Strauss, the former opener, featured in 100 Tests for England, scoring 7037 runs at 40.91, notching up 21 centuries before retiring in 2012.

Andrew Strauss led England to a rare away Ashes triumph in 2010-11

Andrew Strauss led England to a rare away Ashes triumph in 2010-11

Apart from his batting, Strauss developed a reputation as an astute leader, especially after he led England to a 3-1 series win in the 2010-11 series in Australia, ending a 24-year drought of an away Ashes triumph. He also set in motion, as ECB director of cricket, the overhaul of the men’s limited-overs team, which culminated in England’s maiden World Cup trophy in July this year.

Strauss had to relinquish his role with the ECB in October 2018 in order to care for his ailing wife, Ruth, who was battling terminal cancer. After her passing, Strauss launched the Ruth Strauss foundation, which provides grants for research into rare forms of lung cancer, and during the Ashes Test at Lord’s this year, the ground turned red for fund-raising.

The honouring of Boycott is a lot more controversial. In August 2017, Boycott was forced to apologise after stating that he’d have to ‘black his face’ in order to earn a knighthood, alluding to the many West Indies cricketers who had been given the honour.

Boycott was also convicted, over 20 years ago, in a French court for assaulting his then girlfriend. He has always denied the charge, even after being fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended jail sentence.

Boycott remains actively involved in cricket through his role as a broadcaster for the BBC.

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