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Cricketers Boycott and Strauss knighted in May’s resignation honours

Cricket-loving former PM hands awards to two former England captainsThe former England cricket captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list for their service to sport.The former prime ministe…

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Andrew Strauss has Hundred reasons for concern over English coaches

• Former director expresses fears at overseas appointments• Shane Warne and Gary Kirsten among coaches already hiredAndrew Strauss has expressed concerns over a lack of English head coaches in the Hundred, fearing it could have a knock-on effect for th…

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England’s World Cup win must launch something bigger, says Andrew Strauss

• Former director of cricket wants ECB to capitalise on euphoria• Strauss says success of 2005 Ashes was not built onAndrew Strauss, England’s former director of cricket, has urged the game’s power brokers to learn from the mistakes of the past and cap…

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Ruth Strauss, wife of former cricketer Andrew, dies aged 46

Former England captain left cricket board role when wife was diagnosed with rare cancerRuth Strauss, the wife of the former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, has died aged 46 after suffering from a rare form of lung cancer.“It is with great sadne…

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Andrew Strauss steps down as director of England cricket

• Strauss has been supporting wife, who has cancer• Andy Flower, Alec Stewart and Ashley Giles could be in frameAndrew Strauss has stepped down as England’s director of cricket after three and a half years and following a spell of compassionate leave.T…

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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 summerAndrew 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.T…

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Ashley Giles turns down approach to be ECB’s new national selector

• Former England spinner remains Warwickshire sporting director• Andrew Strauss advertised the role two weeks agoAshley Giles has turned down an approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become its new national selector.Andrew Strauss, the …

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Where do England go now? Maybe it is the turn of the selectors to feel the heat | Vic Marks

Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss safe despite Ashes humbling but selectors’ emphasis on character over record and a reluctance to shuffle the pack needs looking atIt has been gruelling for England’s players but they should not forget this Ashes tour in a hu…

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Andrew Strauss will not return to Ashes tour after his wife is diagnosed with cancer

• Director of England cricket to remain at home after third Test• Strauss flew home following second Test in AdelaideAndrew Strauss will not be returning to the Ashes tour of Australia after his wife was diagnosed with cancer, the England and Wales Cri…

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England make tidy start to Ashes tour but shadow of Ben Stokes affair lingers

• England 349-6d drew with Western Australia XI 342-10• Jimmy Anderson finds rhythm with four-wicket haulEngland’s Ashes tour is well under way after they began with a tidy two-day draw with a Western Australia XI, but Andrew Strauss is keen to swiftly…

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Stuart Broad will know his body’s limits, but the physios probably know better | Vic Marks

The England bowler was refused permission to play for Nottinghamshire this weekbut with fast bowlers caution is understandable

The 21st-century revival of England’s Test team has much to do with the advent of central contracts. They were introduced in 2000 to the universal relief of the England players and their coaches; there was some grumpiness around the counties but at least they were spared some significant wages. As has been clear this April, the counties have never been averse to what is effectively a handout.

But there are occasions when the central contract system is a source of exasperation. And this is one of them. Stuart Broad was very keen to play against Durham on Friday; his county, Nottinghamshire, now a second division team, were very keen to have him in the XI. But the director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss, has decreed that Broad must stick to the original ECB plan, which had him missing this game.

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Stuart Broad’s request to play against Durham knocked back by ECB

• Andrew Strauss declines player’s bid to delay time off after 48 hours of talks
• Broad forced to take Easter period off after only one game of the season

Stuart Broad will be a frustrated onlooker this weekend after his request to play for Nottinghamshire against Durham – a match for which he was scheduled to be rested – is understood to have been declined by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

As a centrally contracted player, Broad’s availability is dictated by England and his agreed start to the four-day season was to be his county’s opening match at Leicestershire, which ended on Sunday, and then at home against Sussex, starting on 21 April, with the away fixture at Durham in between marked down as time off.

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Mason Crane and Liam Dawson take chance to impress England hierarchy

• South 228-8; North 208
• South win by 20 runs and take series 3-0

Andrew Strauss has poured hundreds of thousands of pounds and convened a full roster of staff – covering every base from umpires to anti-corruption via the analyst – into his pet project, the reopening of cricket’s North-South divide, and thus was not about to let some rare desert rain stop the third and final match, even if it was a dead rubber.

After the South won twice in Dubai, a day game was delayed, condensed and the floodlights revved up, with the South eventually completing a clean sweep as the North fell 21 short of chasing 229 in 40 overs, thanks to some brilliant bowling from the 20-year-old leg‑spinner Mason Crane, who at one stage took four for one in 12 balls.

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England captain Alastair Cook to meet Andrew Strauss on Friday

• Cook and director of England cricket to discuss 4-0 Test series loss to India
• Decision over Cook’s future as England captain not expected to be made

Alastair Cook will meet Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, on Friday but it is understood there will be no decision on the captain’s future.

Cook suggested after the side’s 4-0 defeat in India before Christmas that he would take time to consider his future after four years and a record 59 matches at the helm. It was thought the 32-year-old would present his decision to his predecessor, Strauss, at their post-series debrief but the England and Wales Cricket Board do not now expect a final verdict.

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England’s Alastair Cook to meet Andrew Strauss for captaincy talks next week

• Director of cricket has scheduled discussion to consider captain’s future
• Management team unsure which way deliberations are likely to go

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, is to resume his review of the Test series defeat to India with Alastair Cook’s continuation as captain top of his list of things to consider. Strauss returned from a family holiday in Australia on Friday and will meet Cook next week.

Cook ended the pre-Christmas tour – a 4-0 defeat to Virat Kohli’s world No1 side – stating that he needed time to decide whether he remains the right man for the role. But even if he opts to plough on as Test captain after a record 59 matches in charge, Strauss, his predecessor, may yet conclude that fresh energy is required to take the team forward. With summer series ahead against South Africa and West Indies before next winter’s Ashes tour, Joe Root would be the expected successor if Cook is stood down.

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So many mistakes on England’s tour to India it is hard knowing where to start | Vic Marks

From an unforgiving schedule to an errant, confusing selection policy, things went wrong quickly and only got worse as a disastrous winter unfolded

The phrase of the tour was “It is not ideal”. Alastair Cook used it when talking about his preparation for the first Test of this expedition in Chittagong, just after his return to Bangladesh having briefly welcomed the arrival of his second child back in England. It was then used when the likes of Jos Buttler, Gareth Batty, Jake Ball, Haseeb Hameed and Jimmy Anderson were tossed into the Test team in India with scarcely any meaningful practice; the same applied to the debuts of Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson, though the late arrivals did rather well – at least they were fresh.

Related: England report card: five areas to focus on before the Ashes series next winter | Rob Smyth

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England confirm new central contracts plan to boost one-day players

• Woakes, Root, Stokes and Ali among main beneficiaries of changes
• Changes to contracts will come into effect for 2016-17 period

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has overhauled its central contract system, bringing renewed emphasis on leading limited-overs players, the details of which were revealed in the Guardian earlier this week.

Related: England shake up central contract structure to reward one-day players

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England shake up central contract structure to reward one-day players

• Strauss leads overhaul that includes ‘white-ball deals’ for non-Test players
• Contracts for 2016-17 will have a balance between all formats of the game

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, will on Wednesday announce the most significant overhaul of the central contract structure since its inception with the introduction of new “white-ball” deals that, in some cases, could triple the amount of money paid to limited-overs specialists.

Strauss is keen to address an imbalance that has previously seen the Test side given priority over the one-day and Twenty20 teams, having long spoken about the issue since his appointment in May last year following England’s harrowing World Cup campaign.

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Andrew Strauss: England players who miss Bangladesh tour risk place in team

• ‘We feel it’s safe to go and it’s why I’m urging players to follow security advice’
• ‘Not going means giving someone else an opportunity to step into your shoes’

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, has conceded he cannot force players to go to Bangladesh but warned that missing the tour would mean risking losing their place in the team.

Related: England v Pakistan: T20 international – live!

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England cricketers will not be pushed to tour Bangladesh says Andrew Strauss

• England’s director of cricket ‘confident in the security’ in Bangladesh
• Players will be given opportunity to discuss their involvement

England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss insists no player will be pressurised into touring Bangladesh later this year.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Thursday night that the trip to Bangladesh in October, consisting of three one-day internationals and two Tests, will go ahead despite recent terror attacks in the country.

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