Glenn McGrath turns SCG pink!

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Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 18:04 [IST]
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Glenn McGrath turns SCG pink!

In the mid-1970s, the West Indies cricket team donned pink uniforms to face the yellow-clad Aussies in an exhibition day-night game in a floodlit Sydney Cricket Ground. Needless to say the Windies were then embarrassed by the garish colour of their clothing.

But now nearly four decades on, both the touring English team and the Aussie team, as well as fans, spectators and dignitaries at the SCG, all sported a bit of pink. And that too, proudly.

It was part of the celebrations of Jane McGrath Day which kicked off after stumps on Day 3 of the final Ashes Test. The famous cricket arena was transformed into a sea of pink for the third year in support of funding for breast-cancer research and in memory of the late Jane McGrath, wife of Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath.

Most of the 40,000 spectators at the SCG threw their wieght behind the cause, wearing pink shirts, skirts, bandanas, wigs and pink zinc facial cream.

The stumps were pink, as was the scoreboard and the sponsor signs. The Australian players donned pink shoelaces, and Andrew Strauss's English team all signed pink caps to be auctioned for the charity. Even the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, showed up at the venue in a pink shirt.

Jane McGrath, whose death from breast cancer gave rise to the charity, was remembered with a huge pink banner unfurled on the field before start of play.

The McGrath Foundation charity has raised over $1 million from similar days at the SCG over the past three years. In that period, its number of breast-care nurses in Australia has risen from 4 to 61, thanks to a federal government grant.


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