Andrew Strauss is dressed head-to-toe in bright red at Lord’s today as the home of cricket turns scarlet for a very special reason.
The former England captain – as well as the current players and staff and thousands of fans – is honouring the memory of his late wife Ruth and raising money for the foundation in her honour.
Ruth Strauss died aged 46 late last year of a rare form of lung cancer and spectators have been encouraged to wear red clothes on day two of the Second Test of the 2019 Ashes.
The England and Australia players will don ceremonial red caps and have red names and numbers on the backs of their shirts.
After day one was washed out, the weather is expected to be dry today and the action will commence amid a backdrop of red.
Strauss said: “There’s been a lot of talk about this happening and imagining what it will look like. Now we’re on the cusp of it actually happening.
“I’m very excited and, on a personal level, it’s going to be an emotional day for me and the kids. It will be great for them to be here and get a feeling of how much support there is for the foundation.
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“More than anything, we’ve been blown away by the exposure we’ve had. It gives us a great platform to build the foundation over the coming years.”
Jane McGrath, late wife of Aussie legend Glenn, is similarly honoured in pink each year on day three of the Sydney Test when the Ashes is down under.
One day captain Eoin Morgan is auctioning his World Cup winning shirt – signed by all his team-mates – for the foundation.