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Cricket: Strauss takes up Middlesex role

Former Middlesex and England captain Andrew Strauss has joined the county's executive board with immediate effect, the Lord's-based club announced Monday. The 37-year-old, who retired from all cricket in 2012, was one of England's most successful recent captains, leading the team to Ashes success at home in 2009 and in Australia in 2010/11. Strauss replaces Paul Downton, the former Middlesex and England wicket-keeper who resigned from the board following his appointment as the managing director of England Cricket.

Cricket: Pietersen lost England's trust - Strauss

Kevin Pietersen's England career was ended because of a total loss of trust between him and the team's management, according to former captain Andrew Strauss. The England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) announced the end of Pietersen's association with England earlier this week, citing a need for a new "team ethic and philosophy" after the 5-0 Test series defeat in Australia. The ECB is yet to fully explain its reasons for deciding to jettison Pietersen, but Strauss believes it was the inevitable consequence of a breakdown in trust.

Cricket: Strauss goes public over Pietersen row

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has lifted the lid on his stand-off with Kevin Pietersen that overshadowed his final days as an international cricketer, saying he felt "let down" by the star batsman. And his comments, in Saturday's Daily Mail serialisation of his autobiography, 'My Driving Ambition' placed a question mark over his expressed interest in succeeding Hugh Morris as England's new managing director of cricket -- a position that would effectively mean he was Pietersen's boss.

Cricket: Strauss backs Pietersen as England 'mentor'

Andrew Strauss believes Kevin Pietersen can act as a "mentor" to an inexperienced England one-day side despite his own sometimes difficult relationship with the star batsman. Pietersen was briefly cast into the international wilderness last year after being accused of sending derogatory text messages about then England captain Strauss to South Africa players.

Cricket: Strauss backs England to punish troubled Aussies

Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes his country have never been stronger favourites to win the Ashes after Australia's descent into chaos in recent weeks. Strauss, who masterminded back to back Ashes triumphs in 2009 and 2011 before retiring last year, has been stunned by the turmoil gripping the Australia squad ahead of the forthcoming series between the old rivals in England. Australia batsman David Warner missed the majority of the recent Champions Trophy after being suspended for punching England star Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.

Cricket: Strauss awarded honorary life membership of MCC

Former England captain Andrew Strauss was on Monday awarded honorary life membership of the MCC, the prestigious English institution responsible for safeguarding the game's rules. Strauss, 35, guided England to consecutive Ashes victories over Australia in 2009 and 2011 before announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket in August last year. He is the 27th former England skipper to become an honorary life member of the MCC and joins a select group of current and former players, umpires, administrators and journalists.
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