And the 41-year-old has now introduced he’s going to depart his place completely.
The ECB have stated Strauss will absorb a extra versatile function inside of with governing frame, to start with serving to CEO Tom Harrison recruit a full-time successor.
Andy Flower, who has lined Strauss’ function for the ultimate 4 months, will proceed his stint as intervening time director till December, with the purpose of becoming a member of the Lions in India in January.
A full-time appointment might be made sooner than England’s West Indies excursion within the New Yr.
Explaining the verdict, Andrew Strauss stated: “After 3 and a part unbelievable years with the ECB, I’ve taken the tricky determination to step down from my function as Director of England Cricket.
“Subsequent 12 months is probably a very powerful the sport has had on this nation, with the International Cup on house soil and a house Ashes sequence, and we’ve got an out of this world alternative to do one thing particular. It is crucial that the Director of Cricket may give constant steerage and make stronger to England Cricket via this era.
“Taking day trip this summer time to make stronger my spouse and children, as Ruth is going via remedy for most cancers, has given me the danger to completely believe what’s proper for England and what’s wanted at house. The function in cricket calls for overall center of attention and dedication to ship the most productive effects, but at this time I want way more flexibility than may just ever be conceivable in my place with a purpose to make stronger my circle of relatives.
“I will be able to no longer be leaving the sport utterly – to start with serving to Tom to form the function for my successor, then supporting a spread of different ECB initiatives – however it’s vital to look somebody else in position for a an important summer time in 2019.
“It’s been massively motivating and stress-free to be operating for the ECB and England cricket. Ahead of taking in this unbelievable function, I had little appreciation of the entire selfless paintings that is going on around the ECB and all over home cricket to make sure we’ve got profitable England groups and that the sport, as an entire, helps to keep rising.
“I might additionally like to supply my trustworthy due to all of those that I’ve had the excitement to paintings with, each outside and inside of the ECB. After all, I want to want Trevor, Paul, Joe, Eoin and all of the ones concerned within the England groups the entire perfect in a ancient 12 months in 2019.”