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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.

Burns, Denly and Stone named in England squad

Burns has been called up for the tour of Sri Lanka. Credit: PA

Uncapped batsmen Rory Burns and Joe Denly have been named in England's Test squad to tour Sri Lanka, alongside rookie paceman Olly Stone who received his first international call-up earlier this week for the preceding one-day series.

Alastair Cook's retirement after 161 Tests left Ed Smith's selection panel with a top-order conundrum which has been solved by a long-awaited summons for Surrey captain Burns and an international return for 32-year-old Denly.

Unlike Burns, the Kent veteran has played white-ball international cricket before but has not been seen at the highest level since a Twenty20 in Dubai in February 2010.

Keaton Jennings, Cook's last opening partner, retains his place in a 16-man squad despite a poor summer and senior seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad will both travel, scotching suggestions one or both could be rested for the three-match series.

Warwickshire seamer Stone, having already earned his place in the 50-over squad, continues his rapid ascent by taking his place alongside the established duo.

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