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Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss given knighthoods

Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott have been given knighthoods in former British PM Theresa May’s resignation honours list.

The two English opening batsmen were the only names belonging to the field of sports in the list, as it largely consisted of the political figures.

As being reported, their named were included because of a nod to May’s lifelong love of cricket and her admiration for Boycott in particular.

78-years-old Geoffrey Boycott, a cricketer turned commentator, also Telegraph Sport columnist has played in 108 Tests in his career spanning from 1962-86. He has put 8,114 runs at 47.72, and he is also the first man to reach 8,000 in tests for England.

He also captained England in four Tests in 1978, deputizing for the injured Mike Brearley.

Born 21 October 1940, Sir Boycott established himself as one of England’s most successful opening batsmen. He made his test debut on 4 June 1964 against Australia.

Andrew Strauss has played 100 tests for England from 2004-12, scoring more than 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91. he has also captained England team in two Ashes series wins.

Less than three years after retiring, he became the most powerful official in the English game as managing director. He is also being regarded as the unseen administrative architect behind England’s first World Cup triumph in July.

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