Strauss, Flower and Cook honoured

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Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower

Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for the part they played in England's Ashes win, their first in Australia for 24 years

England captain Andrew Strauss and team director Andy Flower have received OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, while Alastair Cook has been made an MBE.

They were honoured today in recognition of the part they played in England’s historic Ashes success in Australia over the winter, their first Down Under since 1986/87.

Strauss led the team to three innings wins in five Tests en route to a 3-1 series triumph in which opening partner and man of the series Cook scored 766 runs, including a double century and two hundreds, at an average of 127.66. Only Wally Hammond among Englishman has made more in an Ashes series in Australia, in 1928/29.

Flower won high praise for his calm and assured management of what was widely regarded as one of the best prepared England sides to leave these shores.

Strauss, already an MBE following England’s memorable Ashes victory in England in 2005, said: “It is a great honour to receive this accolade.

“It's one of the better items of post you get through the letterbox - certainly better than a gas bill.

“I'm very proud to receive it and, more than anything, very proud of how the team performed out there in Australia. Our guys really stood up under the pressure.

"All of us who were involved in it did feel part of something special. It will take something really extraordinary in the rest of my career to eclipse that.

“It is wonderful to receive OBEs and MBEs. We have achieved something but are nowhere near the end of the road yet, and will continue to strive to improve.”

Flower, the former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman and captain who took charge of England in early 2009, said: "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."

Former England cricketer and women's coach Jack Birkenshaw was also honoured with an MBE for over 50 years of service to the game.

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