England’s third Test against West Indies later this month will be dedicated to raising funds for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, in memory of the former captain Sir Andrew Strauss’s late wife.
The third match of the #raisethebat Test series at Old Trafford will be named The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test with the second day seeing the return of the initiative which began during last summer’s Ashes clash at Lord’s.
No fans will be able to attend the bio-secure Test series but the ECB and broadcasters Sky will encourage people to send in pictures from home wearing red on Saturday July 25.
England’s third Test against West Indies will be dedicated to Sir Andrew Strauss’ late wife Ruth
As transpired last summer, players will wear red caps, with logos and splashes of red also appearing on shirts, stumps and boundary hoardings, while an online auction will also be held.
‘Last year I was humbled and honoured by the support of the wider cricket family,’ Sir Andrew Strauss said.
‘We sincerely hope that the incredible display of generosity and community spirit will continue as we look to turn cricket Red for Ruth for a second year to support the Ruth Strauss Foundation.
It will be the second annual Ruth Strauss Foundation event that began during last year’s Ashes
‘The day will look very different to last year but we are very grateful to the ECB and Lancashire Cricket Club for their assistance in making this happen during what has been a difficult period for everyone.’
Ruth Strauss died in 2019 from a rare form of non-smoking lung cancer and her husband, with the support of their sons Sam and Luca, is now working to fund research into the disease and provide support for affected families.
‘One year on, it’s no different,’ continued Strauss, who saw £550,000 raised for the charity at Lord’s last summer on the first £RedForRuth day.
Strauss and his sons are working to fund research into the non-smoking lung disease
‘We’re still sort of coming to terms with the loss of Ruth and the boys are coming to terms with the loss of their mother, but there is a bit more normality to our new life.
‘Obviously the foundation is such a big part of my life and I know that the boys are proud of the work we’re doing, and I know that Ruth would be as well.
‘We’re really hoping to accelerate our progress. This is not a one- or a two-year thing, it’s something that we’re looking at for the long haul.’
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