England cricket greats Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been given knighthoods by Theresa May in her resignation honours list. Boycott and Strauss both received the honour for their services to sport after outstanding careers for England.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that Sir Andrew Strauss joins other giants within the sport who have been knighted for their achievements,” England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement. “Aside from his achievements on and off the pitch, Andrew is widely regarded as an exceptional person in our game and this wonderful accolade will be celebrated around the cricketing world.
“Our heartfelt congratulations also go to Sir Geoffrey Boycott, honoured for his long career and passionate dedication to the sport.”
Boycott, 78, was a polarising figure for his conservative batting and acerbic personality, but that didn’t stop him amassing 8,114 Test runs at an average of 47.72 in an England career that ran between 1964 and 1982.
Former England and Middlesex batsman Strauss hit 7,037 runs in 100 Tests from 2004 to 2012.
Strauss captained England to Ashes triumphs against Australia in 2009 and 2010/2011, the latter campaign making him the first English skipper to win a Test series on Australian soil since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.