Strauss and Flower collect OBEs

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Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower proudly show off their OBEs, presented by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle

England Test captain Andrew Strauss and team director Andy Flower have received their OBEs.

The men whose partnership at the helm of the England side has been central to their success in recent years attended an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle yesterday.

The Princess Royal presented them with their medals, which were announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June and owed much to England’s Ashes triumph in Australia last winter, their first Down Under since 1986/87.

Flower, the former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman and captain who took charge of England in early 2009, said at the time: “It is a lovely surprise to receive this honour.

“My family and I feel very thankful to have been welcomed into this country since moving here in 2003. I feel a great privilege and responsibility to be involved in a leadership role in English sport.”

Alastair Cook, who scored 766 runs at an average of 127.66 to set up England’s 3-1 Ashes victory, was awarded an MBE along with former England spinner and England women’s coach Jack Birkenshaw.

Cook is currently leading the England one-day side in India, where he will be joined by Flower tomorrow.

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