The second day of the second Ashes cricket test at Lord's Cricket Ground has gone red in honour of Ballarat-raised mum Ruth Strauss, the wife of former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, who died last year from a rare form of lung cancer.
English and Australian players wore shirts with the logo of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which was established to fund lung cancer research and give support to patients and their families. They also donned red caps and red numbers.
Red was Ruth's favourite colour.
The couple's two sons Sam, 13, and Luca, 11, rang the five-minute bell to signify the imminent start of the day's on-field action, joining a big-name list of bell ringers since the tradition began in 2007.
The Strauss' were regulars in Buninyong and Ballarat, where Ruth grew up and where the couple owned a property.
The-then Ruth McDonald and Andrew Strauss married in Ballarat in 2003, having met in Sydney when he was playing cricket with Mosman for three seasons.
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Ruth was diagnosed with a non-smoking related lung cancer during the Ashes campaign in December 2017 and died a year later on December 29, 2018.
In her memory, Andrew launched the Ruth Strauss Foundation to fund research in to rare lung cancers and support patients and families.
Both England and Australia players handing their commemorative caps to Andrew and his two sons at the start of play.@HomeOfCricket has turned #RedForRuth.— Ruth Strauss Foundation (@RuthStraussFdn) August 15, 2019
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At the time of her death, her husband promised the foundation would be established and sought advice from former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath who established the McGrath Foundation in honour of his wife Jane who died of breast cancer 11 years ago.
"Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease and we will be launching a foundation in due course to raise much needed funds to aid research and also to offer support to patients and their families," Mr Strauss said in a statement soon after his wife's death.
A sensational £382,462 has been raised today for @RuthStraussFdn from donations in the ground and online! 👏— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) August 15, 2019
Thank you so much for your support and generosity.
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Similar to the McGrath Foundation, for which the third day of the first test at the SCG is nominated the Jane McGrath Day and pink is everywhere, the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's has been named the Ruth Strauss Foundation Day with red the colour in aid of the charity.
Strauss himself played in a Pink Test as England captain in the 2010-11 Ashes campaign.
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