Alastair Cook was presented with an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding performance in Ashes 2010/11 series which helped England win 3-1.
Cook, who was named Man of the Series after scoring 766* runs, was presented with the honour at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
“It’s been a fantastic couple of years for the England cricket team and for me to be here and get the MBE is an honour – I feel very humble to be given it,” Cook said.
“We’ve achieved some fantastic things – the aim now is to try and continue that success.”
“We’ve had fantastic leadership under Andy Flower and Andy Strauss, and we’ve been outstanding. The aim now is to maintain that.
“Everyone is desperately determined to continue to remain at the top and a lot of hard work is needed and we’re going to have to scrap very hard in a lot of games.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence from what we’ve achieved but hopefully it’s not the end of it.”
*Cook’s tally of 766 runs so far is the second highest by an England batsman in any series, behind only Walter Hammond’s 905 in Australia in 1928-29 (compiled over nine innings to Cook’s seven).