Andy Flower stands in as England director with Andrew Strauss on leave

• Strauss takes compassionate leave to support wife
• Flower is handed charge for the summer

Andrew Strauss is to take a summer-long break from his role as director of England cricket with Andy Flower stepping into the breach as a temporary replacement.

The former England captain’s wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer last December and is due to begin a new treatment at the end of this week. With that in mind, Strauss has been granted a period of compassionate leave to offer his full support.

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