Sir Andrew Strauss: Cricket Australia’s new CEO?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Andrew Strauss of England bats during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Sir Andrew Strauss versus or with Australia?

Sir Andrew Strauss last played international cricket in 2012. His final test match versus South Africa did not have a happy ending. South Africa won the Test and the series – to regain the test mace from England.

Following his excellent work as the Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, it has emerged recently that Cricket Australia may be tempted to call upon his services.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Andrew Strauss, England’s new Director Of Cricket, is pictured during an ECB media opportunity at Lords on May 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Sir Andrew Strauss played regularly against Australia in The Ashes, from 2005 to 2010/11. He is one of the four post-war England captains to win an Ashes series in Australia. But his quality results, including the 2019 Cricket World Cup win have tempted Australia to reignite their system.

What Cricket Australia said:

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 17: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts speaks to the media during a press conference at Cricket Australia HQ on March 17, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Kevin Roberts recently stepped down and Australia is now on the look for a new chief executive officer. Could Andrew Strauss be the answer?

Earl Eddings recently stated that “Appointing a new CEO is a very important role. We will take our time and do an extensive search both domestically and overseas.”

Sir Andrew Strauss admitted that playing cricket in Australia helped him both as a player and as a captain. He attributes this to the style of cricket that Australia play. This was evident in the way he directed English Cricket – not taking any backwards steps and being aggressive with his decision-making.

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What the future holds

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Australian captain Tim Paine speaks to the media during an Australian Nets session at Manuka Oval on January 31, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia has not been the same since the ball-tampering fiasco of 2018 in Cape Town. Darren Lehmann resigned soon after. Steve Smith and David Warner lost their captaincy roles. Justin Langer has done a commendable job so far, but does he need help from his chief executive officer?

Kevin Robers apparently “was not up to speed and did not have the trust off other board members.” Can Sir Andrew Strauss provide Australia with stability in the future? Is he the answer to Australia’s new CEO?

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