The Ashes: Lord’s to turn red in memory of Ruth Strauss, late wife of former England captain Andrew – The Sun
ANDREW STRAUSS, often regarded as a bastion of conservatism and tradition, will be dressed head-to-toe in bright red on Thursday.
The former captain and one-time boss of the England team will shed his inhibitions and climb into his scarlet suit for a very poignant reason.
Like thousands of others at Lord’s, Strauss will be 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 are encouraged to wear red clothes on day two of the Second Test.
England’s 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 and it will be interesting to see if players have any difficulty picking up the ball against a background of red clothes!
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.
“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.
Strauss has regularly consulted and sought advice from McGrath but the quick bowler has a prior commitment in India and is unable to be at Lord’s.
Captain Eoin Morgan is auctioning his World Cup winning shirt – signed by all his team-mates – for the foundation.
Strauss, meanwhile, is disappointed no English coaches have been appointed in next year’s controversial Hundred competition.
So far, all four of the eight teams to name a coach have gone overseas – Andrew McDonald (Birmingham), Gary Kirsten (Cardiff), Simon Katich (Manchester) and Shane Warne (London).
Strauss said: “I think it was a great opportunity for some English coaches to be appointed. Some teams will have their reasons for appointing an experienced coach who has worked in T20 cricket elsewhere in the world but, unless English coaches get the opportunity, how can they get experience? It is a chicken and egg situation.
“English coaches need more experience than just county cricket if they are to be viable candidates for England jobs going forward.”
- To bid for Morgan’s shirt visit www.ruthstraussfoundation.com
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