SCG goes pink in its 100th Test match

L-R) Tracy Bevan McGrath Foundation Ambassador, Glenn McGrath, James Sutherland Cricket Australia CEO and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (C) and Glenn McGrath chat ahead of day three of the Second Test Match between Australia and India at the SCG Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 5, 2011

The Sydney Cricket Ground turned into a sea of pink during the Australia-India second Test match to raise money for The McGrath Foundation, who help Australian families battle breast cancer.

For the fourth year running everyone involved in the game – from players and administrators to staff, media and spectators wore pink in support of the foundation and Glenn McGrath, who is one of the founder, was left awed by the response.

“The response just blows me away,” said McGrath, who lost his first wife Jane to breast cancer and has since been the public face of the Jane McGrath Foundation.

“I’m still trying to convince myself that only real men wear pink,” he said. “But the idea seems to be catching on.”

Huge number of spectators wore pink shirts and skirts, pink caps and sombreros, pink wigs and bandanas.

Even Press journalists, radio and television commentators got into the swing.

Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell, Ian Healy and crew wore pink shirts and ties.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard didn’t need to dye her hair, but wore a pink top and pink shoes.

Both teams signed pink caps for auction and handed them to McGrath before play.

McGrath said the McGrath Foundation’s funding of breast care nurses so far had helped create a better quality of life for 10,000 Australian families battling the ravages of breast cancer.