Former England skipper Andrew Strauss is looking forward to catching beach balls rather than cricket balls now that he has resigned from professional cricket and his second home in the Caribbean is nearing completion.

Article written by The Overseas Guides Company

Strauss, who announced his resignation at the end of August, bought a two-bedroom off-plan villa at the Freedom Bay Eco Resort in St Lucia last year and has plans to visit and check on its progress in January 2013. He will also be involved with The Andrew Strauss Cricket Academy, a charity providing coaching and cricketing facilities for St Lucians.

“It is already one year on since my decision to invest in a property at Freedom Bay and I am very happy to have backed one of the few ‘winning’ developments at the moment,” said Strauss. “I absolutely love St Lucia and can’t wait until I can spend some time with my family relaxing and soaking up some Caribbean sun at my holiday home once it is completed. I am even happier that my investment is safe and bringing me a decent return.”

Freedom Bay, is an eco-luxury resort development, with prime real estate located within a UNESCO World Heritage site at the foot of the iconic Pitons. Property ownership there can be either fractional or outright.

“It’s not suprising the Caribbean is a popular holiday home destination with England cricketers, as many fall in love with the islands during tours there,” said Richard Way, editor of The Overseas Guides Company. “On Barbados, former England captains Mike Gatting and Michael Vaughan, and star players Freddie Flintoff and Marcus Trescothick own homes at the Royal Westmoreland Resort, which is attractive to retired sportsmen thanks to having the only mature golf course on the island.”

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