Ashes 2019: Day 2 of Lord's Test to turn red in memory of Ruth, Andrew Strauss' wife who died due to cancer

Day 2 of the second Ashes Test (August 15) will see players in red shirts as they look to pay tribute and raise funds for the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Ruth, Andrew Strauss' wife had died due to a rare type of lung cancer in December, and Lord's will be a sea of red today
Ashes 2019: Day 2 of Lord's Test to turn red for Ruth, Andrew Strauss' wife who died due to cancerAshes 2019: Day 2 of Lord's Test to turn red for Ruth, Andrew Strauss' wife who died due to cancer
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Day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's (August 15), will be a sea of red in honour and memory of Ruth Strauss, who passed away seven months ago due to a rare type of lung cancer. Former England cricketer and ECB director Andrew Strauss' wife, Ruth's favourite colour was red, and players and fans alike will help to raise awareness and show their support towards the Ruth Strauss Foundation on Thursday. 

The Foundation was set up by the former player earlier this year to provide grants for research into rare forms of cancer and other diseases. The Foundation also provides emotional support to patients and their families. 

"It's just becoming real, there's been a lot of talk about this happening, a lot of imagining what it might look like and now we're on the cusp of it actually happening," Strauss said on Wednesday. "There's a lot of anticipation about what we've got in store and what we might be able to get out of it and how we might be able to change people's lives as a result."

There will also be a number of fundraising activities on Thursday, with the players from both teams wearing red caps and shirts to pay their tribute. 

"On a personal level it's going to be an emotional day for me and the kids," said Strauss. "It's great to be here and sample it and get a feeling of how much support there is for the foundation and people who want to pay testament to Ruth.

"We've been trying to get it out there. MCC have been in contact with ticket holders and I'd like to think there'd be a fair number of people wearing red. There's a lot of unknowns. More than anything we're already blown away by the exposure we've had. It's a massive step forward for the foundation and it gives a great platform to build over the coming months and years."

The initiative follows the annual 'Pink Test' that is held in Sydney. It was started by former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath, whose wife Jane had passed away from breast cancer in 2008. Day 3 of a Test match in Sydney every February sees the crowd and the players decked in pink, as they spread awareness on breast cancer whilst also contributing to the McGrath Foundation.

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