Gongs for English cricket heroes

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The Independent Online

After beating all and sundry for the last two years – Ashes home and away? Check. Becoming the best team in the world? Check – the masterminds behind English cricket's glorious renaissance received some official approval yesterday.

Coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss had a date at Windsor Castle to pick up their OBEs from the Princess Royal.

Flower, who has just had shoulder surgery, will now fly out to join England's one-day team in India while Strauss will stay behind to plot the Test team's trips to face Pakistan – in the United Arab Emirates – and Sri Lanka later this winter.

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