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MCC has awarded former England captain Andrew Strauss Honorary Life Membership of the Club.
Strauss' invitation recognises his exceptional contribution to the game, which included 100 Tests for England - 50 of them as captain.
He is one of England's most successful skippers, and won back-to-back Ashes series in 2009 and 2010/11 before leading his team to the top of the ICC Word Test Rankings later in 2011.
The opener announced his retirement from all cricket following the conclusion of the South Africa Test Match at Lord’s in 2012, eight years after scoring a brilliant century on debut against New Zealand at the Home of Cricket in 2004.
Strauss spoke of his delight at receiving the honour: "I would like to say what a fantastic privilege it is to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC.
"Having been a Member for many years, and been fortunate enough to play so much of my cricket at Lord's, I know what a special place it is, and what a special club it is. I am truly honoured."
The former Middlesex batsman joins a select group of current and former players, umpires, administrators and journalists, who are already Honorary Life Members of MCC.
He becomes the 27th former England Captain to accept the invitation, and the third member of England’s 2005 Ashes-winning side following Michael Vaughan in 2010 and Andrew Flintoff in 2011.
Strauss had a particularly impressive record at Lord's – in eighteen Tests appearances at the Ground he scored 1,562 runs (over 1,000 more than at any other venue) and hit five hundreds, including a memorable 128 against Pakistan in his first Test as England Captain in 2006. He also struck a first-class career best of 241 not out for Middlesex against Leicestershire at Lord’s in 2011.
Watch: Strauss goes up on the Honours Board for the final time
MCC President Mike Griffith added: "Andrew Strauss has had a remarkable cricketing career and made an outstanding contribution to the game. His achievements for Middlesex and England – particularly at Lord’s – are numerous and rightly celebrated.
"I am absolutely delighted that he has accepted MCC’s invitation of Honorary Life Membership of the Club, and I very much look forward to seeing him at Lord’s many times in the future."
The invitation represents the latest association that Strauss has with MCC, having been elected as a First-Class Playing Member in 2001, when he wore the Club colours for the first time on an overseas tour to Namibia.
Having read Economics at Durham, Strauss is also an alumni of the MCC Universities scheme, which gives talented young players the best possible academic and cricketing opportunities.