London: England Test captain Andrew Strauss, along with coach Andy Flower, was presented the OBE for the team`s Ashes triumph over Australia last year and said the winning the coveted urn was like getting a hand on the "holy grail"
England beat Australia 3-1 to record their first victory in Australia in 24 years.
"It was certainly one of the proudest moments of my career because for us winning the Ashes away from home is a bit like the holy grail," Strauss was quoted as saying by a UK daily.
"It`s not something that many English sides have done previously, so it makes it more satisfying when you are able to achieve that."
England are currently the world`s number one Test side after they beat India 4-0 in a series a few weeks ago.
"The bottom line for me is the players on the pitch have to deliver under pressure and we`ve done that consistently over a number of months and years now," said Strauss on the team`s rise.
"The players have been fantastic and it`s a great credit to all those guys who are standing up and delivering time and time again."
Flower also received an OBE for mentoring the cricket team.
"I think we`ve had a good partnership Andrew Strauss and I, so it"s nice to be with him here today. He`s been a superb leader for the England cricket team and a great role model," he said.
"I think he especially has been a role model in embracing responsibility for results and the way the players train, and that is one of the better things that has happened to the squad," he added.