LONDON (Reuters) – Former England captain Andrew Strauss is “stepping back” from his role as director of cricket while his wife is treated for cancer, the 41-year-old confirmed on Tuesday.
Strauss’s wife Ruth was diagnosed in December and is entering a new period of more demanding treatment.
Speaking in a video on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Twitter account, Strauss said he would be temporarily replaced by former England coach Andy Flower.
“He will keep a very steady hand on the tiller while I am away,” Strauss said. “I need to step back and look after my wife and the family for a period of time.”
England face Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday in the first test of the summer.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)