Andrew Strauss steps down as director of England cricket

WION Web Team England, UK Oct 03, 2018, 06.05 PM(IST)

File photo of Andrew Strauss. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The 41-year-old has been replaced by Andy Flower, who will continue until the ECB announces a permanent replacement.

Former England captain Andrew Strauss on Wednesday stepped down from his position as director of cricket.

Strauss will take up a more flexible role with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), reports say.

The 41-year-old has been replaced by Andy Flower, who will continue until the ECB announces a permanent replacement.

"After three-and-a-half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as director of England cricket," Strauss said in a statement.

England host the 50-over World Cup next year as well as the Ashes series against Australia, and Strauss said his successor would play a vital role in that period.

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"Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special," Strauss added.
"It`s vital that the director of cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period."

ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison thanked Strauss for his contribution.