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Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss receive knighthoods
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Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss receive knighthoods

Former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss have been awarded knighthoods by ex-Prime Minister Theresa May in her resignation honours list.

Boycott and Strauss have been recognized for their long services to the sport and glorious careers with England's national side.

"We couldn't be more delighted that Sir Andrew Strauss joins other giants within the sport who have been knighted for their achievements," England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said.

"Aside from his achievements on and off the pitch, Andrew is widely regarded as an exceptional person in our game and this wonderful accolade will be celebrated around the cricketing world.

"Our heartfelt congratulations also go to Sir Geoffrey Boycott, honoured for his long career and passionate dedication to the sport."

Boycott, known for his compact defence that translated into prolonged stays at the crease, scored 8,114 runs in 108 Tests at a healthy average of 47.72 while accumulating an astonishing 151 centuries in first-class cricket.

Boycott was one of May's sporting idols as she often spoke fondly about his bloody-minded style of play.

Despite his batting heroics on the international arena spanning from 1964 to 1982, Boycott divided opinions among the masses for his conservative approach and blunt personality.

He stirred controversy a couple of years ago for reportedly saying he would have to "black up" to receive a knighthood in reference to the honour having been bestowed on West Indies cricket legends Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose.

Boycott was also fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence in 1998 for assaulting his former girlfriend.

Strauss enjoyed tremendous success as England captain, leading them to two Ashes wins.

He scored 7,037 runs in 100 Tests before retiring from the game in 2012.

Strauss then served as England cricket's director from 2015 to 2018, laying the foundations for his country's remarkable transformation in white-ball cricket.

The 42-year-old's efforts eventually culminated in England registering their maiden World Cup triumph earlier this summer.