RUTH STRAUSS FOUNDATION
Last year, Lord’s went red with 28,500 spectators supporting the charity during the second Ashes Test © Getty
The third England-West Indies Test will be played as The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test, when cricket on the second day’s play will go #RedForRuth to support families facing the death of a parent to cancer.
This will be the second year when cricket will turn red to support the work of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Last year, Lord’s went red with 28,500 spectators supporting the charity during the second Ashes Test to help raise over GBP 50,000. Players from both sides presented Andrew and his two sons, Sam and Luca, with commemorative red caps before the start of play.
“Last year I was humbled and honoured by the support of the wider cricket family,” said Andrew Strauss, who set up the foundation in memory of his wife who succumbed to an incurable lung cancer in early 2018. “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.”
“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.”
Joe Root, England’s Test captain, urged all the fans to wear red in the comfort of their homes and support the charity. “Andrew is a true legend of our sport and it is almost impossible to imagine what he and his family went through,” Root said. “Cricket plays a massive part in so many lives and together we can help other families facing these same devastating circumstances. I ask all of our fans across England and Wales to turn red on the day and support this incredible charity.”
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer added: “It’s our privilege to name the Third Test in honour of the Ruth Strauss Foundation and to support Red For Ruth Day for a second year running. It’s a cause many of us at the ECB feel very passionately about. I hope that once again we can show how cricket can come together to raise funds to help families going through the toughest of times.”
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