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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Touching moment transcends Ashes rivalry


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As sunshine beamed down onto Lord's and the players finally walked onto the field for the second test, there was a brief, yet special moment that transcended world cricket's fiercest rivalry.

Each and every player, English and Australian, wore a red cap in a show of support for former England Captain Andrew Strauss, who lost his wife Ruth to a rare form of lung cancer last December.

Strauss told 9News the 'Ruth Strauss' foundation day is a way of raising awareness for research into the types of disease that claimed her life. Red was chosen because it was Ruth's favourite colour.

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"Hopefully in some ways, it's going to be a bit like the McGrath Foundation day at Sydney," Strauss told 9News.

"We make no bones about it, we are trying to copy them as much as possible because they've done such an incredible job over there."

The McGrath Foundation was started after Jane McGrath, the late wife of Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Each year the foundation year promotes the 'Pink Test' at the SCG as a fundraiser to fight the disease.

"I've had a number of conversations with Glenn and then on an operation level we've been speaking with the McGrath Foundation as well," Strauss said.

"I think they just proved what can be done and how that whole cricketing community can come together to make a real difference and hopefully if we can do just even a small proportion of what they've done there in Sydney we'd be very happy."

Ruth Strauss left behind the couple's two children when she passed away at the age of 46.

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"I think she'd be very proud of what we've done, there's so much work that goes into this," Strauss said.

"She'd be a bit embarrassed about it all being about her I suppose, but she was a very charitable person.

"She really liked to help people that were in need and the idea that the money raised today will actually make a difference to people's lives."

The foundation is raising money by selling donated great charity items on its website and setting up a 'text to donate service.'

"We'll see how it goes over the course of the day, this is the first one we've done and this well set the benchmark for future ones hopefully as well."

Strauss, who made 21 test centuries for England, now hopes his former team can win the Lord's test.

"They have to win this match, if they do I think they'll go on and win the Ashes, if they lose this match I think they really struggle."

As sunshine beamed down onto Lord's and the players finally walked onto the field for the second test, there was a brief, yet special moment that transcended world cricket's fiercest rivalry.

Each and every player, English and Australian, wore a red cap in a show of support for former England Captain Andrew Strauss, who lost his wife Ruth to a rare form of lung cancer last December.

Strauss told 9News the 'Ruth Strauss' foundation day is a way of raising awareness for research into the types of disease that claimed her life. Red was chosen because it was Ruth's favourite colour.

Josh Hazlewood shines in opening spell

"Hopefully in some ways, it's going to be a bit like the McGrath Foundation day at Sydney," Strauss told 9News.

"We make no bones about it, we are trying to copy them as much as possible because they've done such an incredible job over there."

The McGrath Foundation was started after Jane McGrath, the late wife of Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Each year the foundation year promotes the 'Pink Test' at the SCG as a fundraiser to fight the disease.

"I've had a number of conversations with Glenn and then on an operation level we've been speaking with the McGrath Foundation as well," Strauss said.

"I think they just proved what can be done and how that whole cricketing community can come together to make a real difference and hopefully if we can do just even a small proportion of what they've done there in Sydney we'd be very happy."

Ruth Strauss left behind the couple's two children when she passed away at the age of 46.

Cameron Bancroft takes short leg screamer

"I think she'd be very proud of what we've done, there's so much work that goes into this," Strauss said.

"She'd be a bit embarrassed about it all being about her I suppose, but she was a very charitable person.

"She really liked to help people that were in need and the idea that the money raised today will actually make a difference to people's lives."

The foundation is raising money by selling donated great charity items on its website and setting up a 'text to donate service.'

"We'll see how it goes over the course of the day, this is the first one we've done and this well set the benchmark for future ones hopefully as well."

Strauss, who made 21 test centuries for England, now hopes his former team can win the Lord's test.

"They have to win this match, if they do I think they'll go on and win the Ashes, if they lose this match I think they really struggle."

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