Sir Andrew Strauss is hailed as one of the greatest English cricketers of all time.
After making his Test debut for England in 2004, Sir Andrew was the only English batsman to score two centuries in the famous Ashes victory over Australia in 2005. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year as a result. Appointed England captain in 2009, he proceeded to become one of only three England captains to win the Ashes both home and away. Under his composed leadership, England became the No.1 ranked Test team in the world for the first time since the 1950s.
Widely respected, Andrew retired from cricket in 2012, having played 100 Test Matches and 127 One Day Internationals. He went on to spend time as a broadcaster for Sky Sports and a columnist for The Sunday Times before returning to cricket with his appointment as Director of Cricket at the ECB in 2015. He was tasked with putting together a framework to win the World Cup after years of English underperformance in that format. His planning came to fruition in 2019 when England won the ICC World Cup at Lord’s for the first time ever.
After losing his wife to cancer in December 2018, he founded The Ruth Strauss Foundation, setting out to raise funds for research into rare forms of lung cancer and offering support to patients and their families affected by an incurable cancer diagnosis.
Andrew is a founding partner and Executive Chairman of Mindflick, a company specialising in using performance psychology to help individuals and teams to improve performance and wellbeing. He is currently Chairman of the ECB Cricket Committee, sits on the ICC Cricket Committee and is an Advisory Board Member to the IPL team, the Rajasthan Royals. A seasoned guest speaker, Andrew has talked at a variety of engagements, providing an insight into experiences encountered throughout an illustrious career.
He was awarded an MBE in 2005, followed by OBE in 2011 and was knighted for services to cricket and charity in 2019.