Who was Ruth Strauss, how long was she married to England cricketer Andrew, and why are they wearing red at the Lord’s?


ANDREW STRAUSS is among many at Lord’s wearing all red as they celebrate the life of his late wife Ruth.

Former England cricketers have joined in during the second day of the second Ashes Test.

Ruth Strauss died from cancer in December 2018
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Who was Ruth Strauss?

Ruth McDonald was best known as the wife of former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss.

But she was also an actress from Australia, before becoming a business executive.

Sadly, she died on December 29, 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer aged 46.

When did she marry Andrew Strauss?

The pair met after Andrew Strauss played in Sydney and Adelaide in Australia during his early career.

They tied the knot in October 2003, going onto have two sons together – Sam (2005) and Luca (2008).

Andrew became the director of England cricket in May 2015 after retiring from the game three years earlier.

But he resigned two months before Ruth passed away to spend more time with her while she went through the cancer treatment.

Andrew Strauss (centre) is among those showing support for the Ruth Strauss Foundation by dressing in red
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Why is Andrew Strauss wearing red at Lord’s?

Having sought advice from former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath following Ruth’s passing, Strauss set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

It aims to provide support to patients and families along with funding research for rare lung cancers.

McGrath is also a widow, after losing his wife Jane in 2008 – setting up the McGrath Foundation while she was going through treatment.

Since 2007, the third day of the first Test at Sydney Cricket Ground has been named the Jane McGrath Day, with many dressing in pink.

Andrew Strauss wanted to replicate this, with the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground becoming the Ruth Strauss Foundation Day, with many wearing red in aid of the charity.

Players from both teams will also wear commemorative shirts featuring the foundation’s logo, while also having red caps and red numbers.

Players on both sides will wear special shirts, including red numbering, and red caps in aid of the charity
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