The third day of the final Ashes Test saw a heartwarming gesture from the England players at The Oval, as they lined up ahead of the start of the day wearing each other’s jerseys; the message of the gesture was to raise awareness about dementia.
- James Anderson wore Stuart Broad’s jersey
- Jonny Bairstow wore Ben Stokes’s jersey
The move was symbolic of the confusion often experienced by people suffering from dementia, the disease that causes loss of memory. England’s assistant coach Marcus Trescothick spoke about the discussions that led to the decision, jointly taken by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Alzheimer’s Society.
Raising Awareness and Funds
“We are here supporting the Alzheimer’s Society, and it is a subject very close to our hearts. It is a terrible disease,” said Trescothick while talking to Sky Sports.
“We are here to try and raise awareness and bring it to the fore by educating people, and raising money too. The more money and awareness go into it, there will be more research.
“We have seen that new medication and new drugs have come into the market, they can make a big impact into that. Hopefully, today’s initiative will keep pushing people to understand that,” added Trescothick.
Trescothick’s father, Martyn, is living with dementia, making the effort even more personal for him.
Next Events and Series
The fifth Ashes Test sees the final bit of red-ball action before the teams switch to one-day format to resume preparations for the 2023 ODI World Cup, scheduled to take place in India. The next Test series in the cricket calendar will take place in December, when Pakistan tour Australia. While England will host New Zealand and Ireland for an ODIs in September, Australia will tour South Africa and India for fifty-over matches before the World Cup in October-November.
Ashes Series Update
Australia are leading the Ashes series 2-1, having already retained the series after the fourth Test ended in a draw due to incessant rains in Manchester. The Pat Cummins-led side is chasing Australia’s first Ashes win on English soil since 2001.