Strauss to temporarily step down as England’s director of cricket

Andrew Strauss will be taking an extended break from his role as the ECB’s director of cricket to spend time with his family.

It is believed that Strauss’ wife Ruth, who was diagnosed with cancer in December, will be starting treatment soon and Strauss wants to be there for her and their two young sons.

No timeframe has been given as to when Strauss will return but former England coach Andy Flower will take over Strauss’ duties on an interim basis.

Strauss said: “My wife was diagnosed with cancer in December.

“We are very lucky, she has been very well up to now, although she is starting a new treatment on Friday which is going to more challenging for her, and as such I am going to be stepping back from my day-to-day duties while that treatment is going on.

“On a day-to-day basis Andy Flower is going to be stepping in for me over the course of the summer. We all know about his qualities and his experience of both England and English cricket and he will fill in my shoes very adequately.

“I look forward to returning and grabbing the reins again. But, at this period of time, my focus has to be on supporting Ruth and my family at a challenging time for us.”

A former England captain, Strauss flew home from the Ashes in Australia last year after the initial diagnosis on his wife.