The third Test between England and the West Indies in Manchester, starting from July 24 will be played for a noble cause. The match will be marked as 2nd annual Ruth Strauss Foundation Test to raise funds in memory of the former captain Andrew Strauss’s late wife. In 2019, Lord’s had turned red on day 2 of the 2nd Ashes Test between England and Australia in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.
According to the official website, early 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of Sir Andrew Strauss the former England cricket captain, was diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers. Ruth died on December 29th 2018; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.
Andrew Strauss: Last year I was humbled and honoured by the support of the wider cricket family
“Last year I was humbled and honoured by the support of the wider cricket family,” said Andrew Strauss.
“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.”
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.”
Manchester is expected to turn red during the five-day contest.