Former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been given knighthoods in ex-Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list. Boycott and Strauss have been great servants of English Cricket during their playing days.
Boycott has been one of the most respected personalities in the cricketing fraternity. He has scored 8,114 runs in 108 Tests for England from 1964 to 1982 which was the highest Test score for a long time. Geoff Boycott has also led his country on four occasions in place of injured Mike Brearley.
The 78-year-old Boycott has a struck a record number of 151 first-class centuries and has averaged over 55. After his retirement, Boycott has gone on to become a successful cricket broadcaster. The former cricketer was recently diagnosed with cancer and also had to undergo heart surgery.
On the other hand, Andrew Strauss has served England cricket with utmost honesty. He led his country to two Ashes wins, as well as the number one Test ranking, in his 50 Tests as captain. The 42-year-old scored 7,037 runs at an average of 40.91 in 100 England Tests.
Post-retirement, the opening batsman has also worked as the Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He left the role last year to support his wife Ruth who was being treated for terminal cancer and went on to launch a foundation in her name.
Outgoing England Prime Minister Theresa May is known for her inclination towards cricket. She is currently spending her time watching the ongoing Ashes where the host trails by 1-2 with one match to go.