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The spectators have also been urged to wear red to show their support for the cause. @ AFP

In a bid to support the Ruth Strauss Foundation for spreading awareness about lung cancer, the players of both England and Australia will wear red caps while their jersey numbers will also be written in the same colour during the second Ashes 2019 Test at the Lord’s starting Wednesday.

The Ruth Strauss Foundation was set up by former England skipper Andrew Strauss in the memory of his wife, who passed away in 2018 due to a rare form of lung cancer.

The spectators have also been urged to wear red to show their support for the cause. They can also make donations to the Foundation in the stadium.

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The Ruth Strauss Foundation provides grants for research in rare forms of lung cancer besides emotionally supporting the patients and their family members.

Ruth was diagnosed with the disease in December 2017 following which her husband stepped down from the position of Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role. She is survived by her husband and two children.

“It is with great sadness and immense grief that we have to announce that Ruth passed away today as a result of her rare lung cancer. Sam, Luca and I will miss her terribly,” Strauss had said in a statement.

Australia currently lead the five-match Ashes series 1-0.