ASHES-winning captain Andrew Strauss has been given a prestigious degree by Durham University.
The opening batsman was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil law.
Strauss studied economics at Durham between 1995 and 1998, and admitted his experience in the North East had shaped him not just as a cricketer, but as a leader too.
“In my time at university, I learnt about the game and about myself.
“With the help of Foxy (fellow Durham alumnus and coach Graeme Fowler), the other coaches and my team-mates, I instilled in myself the ambition and the values that I rely on today – on and off the field.”
Durham coach Fowler, best remembered for the double-double century Test partnership against India with Mike Gatting in 1985, said he looked back on Strauss’ time at Durham with great fondness.
“Andrew was always such a gifted ball player, be it rugby, golf or tennis.
“In fact, we had to persuade him to consider giving up rugby after an ankle injury kept him out of action for the university, and for Middlesex, during his second year.
“He was a very talented lad – very cool and unflustered – and we just needed to kick-start him to realise his full potential.”
The black-tie event, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, was also attended by some of Durham University’s sporting stars from the past and present including England Women’s Ashes-winning star, and Natural Sciences student, Holly Colvin.
Other sporting alumni from Durham’s classes include Will Carling, Nasser Hussain and Jonathan Edwards.