When Andrew Strauss was appointed director of cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2015, there were more than a few who questioned whether he was the right man for the job.

England were struggling. They needed to be rebuilt. Strauss was described by the late Bob Willis as “too safe”. England, wrote Willis in the Evening Standard, needed to be more “dynamic” in their approach. Strauss was too close to Alastair Cook. There would be more of the same. What was the role of director of cricket?

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