England v South Africa: Cricketers wear Red for Ruth

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England will wear red as part of the Red for Ruth Lord’s Test Match tradition when they take on South Africa this week

The ‘new era’ of English cricket could not have got off to a better start as Stokes’ side triumphantly and convincingly defeated both New Zealand and India in record-breaking attempts that just months later seemed unthinkable.

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This summer has been packed with Test series, ODI series, T20 series and the explosive The Hundred tournament, and as fans prepare for more Test matches in the coming weeks, England’s cricketers will have a new focus in the upcoming Test match.

Stokes and the rest of his squad will be wearing red hats and plating up their whites in red as they celebrate and promote Red for Ruth Day in memory of Ruth Strauss and in hopes of raising money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

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So who was Ruth Strauss and what is her basis?

Who was Ruth Strauss?

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Ruth Strauss, formerly McDonald, was the wife of former England batsman and captain Sir Andrew Strauss. The couple met during Strauss’ early cricket career in Australia and married in 2003.

Andrew Strauss first played for England, made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2004 and became captain of the squad in 2009 after a dispute between then-captain Kevin Pietersen and head coach Peter Moores became public.

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Strauss’ retirement from cricket came after 100 Test appearances in 2012 and his teammates bought him 100 bottles of wine.

Ruth and Andrew Strauss celebrate Ashes’ win in 2009

Since her death, Strauss (who has held several roles within ECB management) founded the Ruth Strauss Foundation to raise money for families who have suffered losses from non-smoking lung cancer and to advance the need for further research into the disease.

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What’s Red to Ruth Day?

After Ruth’s death, Strauss reached out to Australian cricket hero Glenn McGrath, who had lost his wife Jane to breast cancer.

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After Jane’s death, McGrath established the McGrath Foundation to fight breast cancer and secured the Sydney Test as a partner event.

Jane McGrath Day is Day 3 of a named test at Sydney Cricket Ground where the stumps and players’ caps are colored pink whilst fan wear is also encouraged to wear pink attire.

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After playing a Pink Test himself, Strauss secured Day 2 of the Lord’s Test as a similar partner event ahead of Ashes 2019.

In the UK more than 23,600 parents with dependent children die each year, leaving over 40,000 surviving children.

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Former England cricketer Ian Bell competes in the Ruth Strauss Foundation Mile during the Vitality Westminster Mile in May 2022

This day of testing is designed to help support these grieving families and raise awareness of the need for further research. Proceeds from the annual auction benefit the Ruth Strauss Foundation and last year’s auction prices included a VIP visit to see the Red Arrows and a nine-day trip to Barbados with the Barmy Army.

Last year’s Red for Ruth Test between England and India raised £1,204,447, exceeding the amount raised in both 2019 and 2020.

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When is Red for Ruth Day?

Red for Ruth Day is Thursday 18 August 2022 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the second day of the first Test match between England and South Africa.

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The game starts at 11am BST and can be viewed on Sky Sports and NowTV.

What is worn on red on Ruth Day?

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England’s players will wear red caps, with stumps also turning red. Viewers are encouraged to wear red themselves to support the foundation.

Following last year’s success, Strauss said, “In addition to the incredible funds raised, Red for Ruth is also about raising awareness, breaking taboos and, in Ruth’s words, helping families ‘deal well’.

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“Knowing that because of the wonderful support we have had, more families are not alone in grieving, and that many more will be supported across the country in the coming months, is exactly what Ruth wanted.”

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