On Day Two of the Specsavers 2nd Ashes Test Match between England and Australia, Lord’s Cricket Ground will turn red to raise awareness of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.
The Ruth Strauss Foundation was set up by Andrew Strauss in honour of his wife Ruth, who died of a rare form of lung cancer in December 2018. The foundation provides grants for research into rare forms of lung cancers and provides emotional and wellbeing support to patients and their families. To find out more please visit ruthstraussfoundation.com.
Supported by the MCC, the ECB and both teams, the aim is to turn the stadium red with the aid of the fans, who will be given red four and six cards and encouraged to hold them aloft during the ‘Ruth Strauss red guard of honour’ before play starts. The guard of honour will welcome the Strauss family onto the pitch before the start of the day’s action.
Both England and the travelling Australian side have also replaced their famous baggy caps with red ones for the occasion, while the newly introduced back-of-shirt names and numbers will be printed in red lettering.
Spectators will be given the chance to donate via cash or card around the stadium, while the public can also donate via text.