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Strauss announces he is standing down as England's director of cricket

Strauss has announced he is standing down as England's director of cricket Credit: PA

Andrew Strauss has announced he is standing down as England's director of cricket following a spell of compassionate leave.

Strauss' wife Ruth was diagnosed with cancer during the Ashes in December 2017 and he took a break from his position at the start of the summer after she began a new course of treatment.

The former Test captain, who has been in post for three-and-a-half years, has now informed the England and Wales Cricket Board he will not be returning to his role but will take on a 'flexible' position with the governing body.

Andy Flower, who has been standing in on an interim basis since May, will continue to hold the reins until December, while recruitment of a permanent successor takes place.

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