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England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower receive OBEs,

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss spoke of his pride after being awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Strauss and coach Andy Flower receive OBEs while man-of-the-series Alastair Cook gets an MBE in recognition of the Ashes triumph Down Under.

Strauss said: “I’m very proud to receive it and, more than anything, very proud of how the team performed out there in Australia.

“All of us who were involved in it did feel part of something special. It will take something really extraordinary in the rest of my career to eclipse that.”

Flower, the former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman, said: “It is a lovely surprise to receive this honour. My family and I feel very thankful to have been welcomed into this country since moving here in 2003.

“And I feel a great privilege and responsibility to be involved in a leadership role in English sport.”

Henry Cecil, the most successful racehorse trainer in Britain, receives a knighthood for more than 40 years of service to sport.

There is also a knighthood for David Higgins, the Australian who led the enormous construction programme for the London 2012 Games in his role as chief executive of the Olympics Delivery Authority.

There is a CBE for former Sky managing director Vic Wakeling, for services to sports broadcasting, in recognition for the role he played in revolutionising both British football and television coverage of the sport.

Golfer Lee Westwood’s fantastic year in 2010, when he ended Tiger Woods’ reign as the world number one, is recognised with an OBE.

David Sparkes, the chief executive of British Swimming, also gets an OBE after overseeing a transformation of a sport that won no medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 to a genuine success story at Beijing eight years later when six medals were won.

John Amaechi, the former British basketball international who became the first openly gay NBA player when he revealed his homosexuality, also receives an OBE.

Two athletes going for gold at the London 2012 Olympics receive MBEs: heptathlete Jessica Ennis and triple jumper Phillips Idowu, who both won gold medals in the 2010 European Championships.

Mark Cavendish, the sprint cyclist from the Isle of Man, receives an MBE after a year which saw him win five stages of the Tour de France.

Cavendish said: “It is a massive honour for me to be recognised like this – it is not often that a cyclist is honoured without winning an Olympic medal.”

James McKenzie, director of golf and head greenkeeper at Celtic Manor, which hosted the Ryder Cup last year, receives an MBE.

There is also an MBE for Tommy Sale, 92, who has served his hometown rugby league club Leigh in every capacity, starting as scoreboard operator at the age of 10 through to his present role as president.

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