Cricket Australia has confirmed the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney as scheduled earlier. An outbreak of covid-19 cases in Sydney’s northern beaches before Christmas concerned CA and the Melbourne Cricket Ground was placed on standby to host back-to-back matches, after hosting the Boxing Day Test.
However, in the recent news, CA has deemed that the threat of the virus has subsided enough to allow the match to proceed as planned at the SCG.
India levelled the series in Melbourne with an 8-wicket victory after losing by the same margin in Adelaide.
SCG to host a ‘Pink Test’
The third Test of the series, commencing on 7th January in Sydney will be a ‘Pink Test’- not a pink-ball Test as in Adelaide – where the Australian players will be wearing a ‘Baggy Pink’ cap instead of their regular ‘Baggy Green’ cap.
Cricket Australia has supported former Australian legend Glenn McGrath’s charitable organization, McGrath Foundation, for the last 12 years. The maiden Pink Test took place between Australia and South Africa in 2009. During last year’s Australia-New Zealand Pink Test, the program generated over $1.2 million.
The donations collected help the McGrath Foundation place McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia and spread awareness about breast cancer. In 2005, the former pacer launched this organization with his first wife, Jane, who died of breast cancer in 2008. In her memory, the third day of the SCG Test is known as Jane McGrath Day.
There will be a sea of pink at the SCG. The fans, sponsors, and players will embrace the pink color during the Pink Test.
Glenn McGrath is elated after the confirmation that Sydney will continue to host the ‘Pink Test’. He shared the details of a digital initiative in the works for the upcoming game.
“In the coming days, we will be announcing our new exciting digital initiative for this year’s Pink Test, which will mean people can get involved, no matter whether they are in the stadium or watching from home,” Glenn McGrath said.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2020