London:England batsman Andrew Strauss left Lord's on the final day of the drawn first Test against South Africa on Monday to be with his wife Ruth, who later gave birth to the couple's second child.
With the Proteas batting and the match heading towards a stalemate, it was no great inconvenience for England to let Strauss join up with his wife, who gave birth to a son, Luca.
England captain Michael Vaughan led the way in adopting a more 'family friendly' approach when, four years ago, he raced off the field at Headingley during a Test against the West Indies in order to be at the birth of his first child.
Left-handed opener Strauss himself followed his skipper's lead by missing the final Test against Pakistan in December 2005 and flying home to be present at the birth of his elder son, Sam,
But all-rounder Andrew Flintoff adopted a more old-fashioned outlook when he remained in India two years ago after being given the England captaincy instead of flying home to be at the birth of his second child, Corey.
The second Test of England's four-match series with South Africa starts at Headingley on Friday.