Strauss set for England job

The ECB confirmed last month that Paul Downton was to lose his job as managing director and that the new post – Director of England cricket – was being created.

Strauss was due to be commentating on England’s ODI with Ireland on Friday, but has been in talks with the ECB about the role in the past week and was absent.??

And his co-commentator Ian Ward revealed that Strauss is now “highly likely” to be the first man appointed to the job sometime next week.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan had been tipped for the role but after he withdrew his interest, Strauss became the clear favourite.

Strauss, 38, is one of England’s most successful captains having overseen their rise to the top of the world rankings for the first time in 31 years.

An opening batsman who scored over 7,000 runs for his country, Strauss succeeded Vaughan as England captain in January 2009.

The Middlesex man led from the front in the Ashes series later that year as he top-scored in England’s 2-1 home series victory and he was again on form with the bat when leading the side to a momentous 3-1 victory in Australia in the 2010-2011 series.

Strauss handed over the captaincy to Alastair Cook when he retired from all forms of the game in August 2012, and he has since worked as a pundit.