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Third England-West Indies Test to be dedicated to Ruth Strauss Foundation
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Third England-West Indies Test to be dedicated to Ruth Strauss Foundation

The final Test of the upcoming series between England and West Indies will be dedicated to the work of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which raises funds for families facing the death of a parent due to cancer.

The second day of the game at Old Trafford will see the return of the #RedForRuth initiative that was a huge success at last year's Ashes clash at Lord's.

The 28,500 spectators at the stadium all dressed up in red and gathered £550,000 for the charity.

This year, the dynamics will be entirely different considering the absence of fans owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Supporters will thus be encouraged to dress in red at home and contribute to the noble cause.

Meanwhile, both sides' players will be donning red caps with the colour also appearing on shirts, stumps and boundary boards around the ground.

Former England skipper Andrew Strauss founded the humanitarian organisation following the tragic death of his wife Ruth, aged 46, in 2018 from a rare form of lung cancer.

"Last year I was humbled and honoured by the support of the wider cricket family," Strauss said.

"We sincerely hope that the incredible display of generosity and community spirit will continue as we look to turn cricket 'Red for Ruth' for a second year to support the Ruth Strauss Foundation."

England captain Joe Root also backed the initiative and remarked: "Andrew is a true legend of our sport and it is almost impossible to imagine what he and his family went through.

"Cricket plays a massive part in so many lives and together we can help other families facing these same devastating circumstances."