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24 May 2019 04:00

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Emotional Andrew Strauss reveals how wife wanted to ‘do death well’ by preparing their two sons as she battled rare lung cancer

Coming to select cinemas & across all platforms on 22nd July 2019 and available to pre-order from iTunes & Amazon from 22nd of May at: / Directed by Barney Douglas (Warriors), and written by Gabriel Clarke (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, Fight of their Lives, Clough) and Douglas, featuring a narration by Toby Jones (Detectorists), the film is released in cinemas and across all platforms on 22nd July 2019 and is available on pre-order from iTunes & Amazon from 22nd May at: / Featuring incredible unseen footage from the period and captivating new interviews from star players and coaching staff including; Andrew Strauss, Sir Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Monty Panesar and Andy Flower, The Edge captures the team's intense but often hilarious pursuit of success. Strauss and Flower took over a hugely talented team of players who would go on to make history, transforming them into a record-breaking winning machine before the pressure and scrutiny began to fracture bodies and minds. I really hope this film helps widen awareness of mental health and becomes part of an incredible summer for English cricket." The Edge will be released at the peak of a summer that will see cricket dominating the sporting agenda, with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and The Ashes both taking place in England. Tickets for the screenings go on sale at the end of the month and will be available from / The Edge will be released in select cinemas and across all UK platforms on July 22nd 2019. The Edge is proud to support Heads Together, a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which aims to change the national conversation on mental health, through tackling stigma and developing new programmes and tools to help areas of specific need.

In addition, The Edge and the players will be donating proceeds to The Ruth Strauss Foundation, a charity that has recently been formed in memory of Ruth Strauss, the wife of former England Captain, Andrew Strauss. Tickets for the three special screenings available from: www.theedgefilm.com The Edge is available on pre-order from iTunes & Amazon from the 22nd of May from: / Andrew Strauss has set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation in honour of his late wife, who died from a rare form of lung cancer in December Former England director of cricket Andrew Strauss says it has been a "long five months" since his wife Ruth died from a rare and incurable lung cancer in December. She had received her diagnosis a year earlier, with Strauss returning from the Ashes tour of Australia to be with her and their two boys, Sam, 13, and Luca, 10. Strauss, 42, then announced in October 2018 he was stepping down from his role with the England and Wales Cricket Board after three and a half years, in order to support his wife. Ruth, to whom he was married for 15 years, died two months later, aged 46.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast on Wednesday, Strauss acknowledged that his wife's death has changed his perspective on life. Ruth and Andrew with their sons Sam and Luca, pictured here in 2009 after England won the Ashes Strauss initially took a break from his role with the ECB in May in order to spend more time with Ruth. He paid tribute to the way she focused on helping her family prepare for life without her. "Ruth was going to die at some point, so her focus was preparing me and the kids for life after her," he said. "But you know, hats off to them [the boys] - they're very strong, very resilient and determined to go out and live their life as fully as they possibly can." The former England captain set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation in honour of his late wife, to provide grants to fund research into rare cancers and to provide emotional support to patients and their families.

As part of that initiative, there will be a launch event - the Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile - at this Sunday's Westminster Mile. Reflecting on the time since Ruth's death, he said: "It's been a long five months, I've got to be honest - and a long year before that, actually, as Ruth was going through her cancer journey. Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan are England's key figures going into the World Cup Strauss came in as ECB director of cricket after England's group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup, and under his watch, Trevor Bayliss was brought in as head coach, with greater emphasis placed on the limited-overs game. Captain Eoin Morgan has suggested in the past that Strauss deserves a great chunk of credit for England's rise to the top of the one-day world rankings. Strauss has played down his own part, but feels that England are well placed to succeed at the tournament, which starts when they face South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.

"This whole quest to win the 2019 World Cup, that was my job when I was director of England cricket," Strauss said. FORMER cricket star Andrew Strauss has spoken for the first time on how he and his family are coping since the death of his wife Ruth. Tragically in December 2018, Ruth died from a rare form of lung cancer. Rex Features 5 Andrew Strauss told Lorraine how he and his family had been coping following the tragic death of his wife Ruth Getty Images - Getty 5 Former England cricket captain Strauss and his two sons lost their loved one, his wife Ruth, to cancer in December 2018 Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Strauss, who captained England for four years, spoke about how his selfless wife wanted "to do death well" and prepare their two sons for when it happened. The 42-year-old revealed: "[Ruth] always talked about doing death well, talking to the kids so they knew what she was going through and they were well set up for life after her.

Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in December 2017, and Strauss stood down from his role as England's director of cricket to spend time with her. They have a strong support network, it's not just me Former cricketer Andrew Strauss The couple have two sons, Sam, 13, and Luca, 10, and all her family were with her when she passed away in Australia. Strauss went on to describe how his "role" in the family has changed since his wife's death, and how the boys are coping. He added: "My relationship with the boys has changed since Ruth's death I have a different role now. "The boys are very strong, they are adapting to a new life very well. Strauss met Ruth in Sydney in 1998, and the couple went on to marry five years later. And after captaining England to Ashes success over Australia in 2009, the Test star credited his wife for playing a major role in his success. He has set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation that raises funds for rare forms of cancer and provides support to friends and families of those diagnosed. PA:Press Association 5 Strauss met Ruth in Sydney in 1998, and the couple went on to marry five years later Rex Features 5 Andrew Strauss explained how his wife tried her best to help prepare their two young sons for her death FORMER England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has spoken for the first time about the death of his wife Ruth from a rare form of lung cancer. Strauss, 42, said it was 'horrible' knowing Ruth, 45, was going to die but she wanted to 'do death well' and prepare their sons Sam, 13, and Luca, ten, for life afterwards. During an emotional appearance on ITV's Lorraine, Strauss said: 'It was a big thing for her that when the end came, to know that we were as well set up for life after her as possible.' Strauss, who stepped down as director of the England and Wales Cricket Board to care for his wife, has launched a charity in her memory. The Ruth Strauss Foundation will raise funds to research rare forms of lung cancer and help families dealing with loss. The flood of emotional support that came our way after Ruth died, it really sustained me.' He said of his sons: 'The boys are very strong, they are adapting very well. England's entire World Cup squad will take a break from their pre-tournament preparations to run with former captain Andrew Strauss at the Vitality Westminster Mile in honour of his late wife Ruth. The team's ex-director of cricket will line up with captain Eoin Morgan and his players for the Ruth Strauss Foundation Family Mile at the event on Sunday, May 26, five days ahead of England's tournament opener against South Africa. The foundation was set up after Ruth died in December from a rare form of lung cancer.