Sydney Test to be ‘Pink Test’, not Pink-ball Test; Check difference between two
Ind vs Aus 3rd Test: Sydney Test to be ‘Pink Test’, not Pink-ball Test: Cricket Australia finally cleared the air over the venue for the India vs Australia third Test and on Tuesday announced that Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will host the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. Interestingly, the SCG Test is also termed as the ‘Pink Test’ but many fans are confusing it for the ‘pink-ball’ Test. However, these two are very different and have no relation whatsoever.
Ind vs Aus 3rd Test: Why is the SCG Test called the ‘Pink Test’?
The SCG Test will be in collaboration with the Glenn McGrath Foundation and it will be a fund-raiser for the breast cancer patients. Notably, the Australian players will be wearing a ‘Baggy Pink’ cap instead of their regular ‘Baggy Green’ cap. Unlike pink-ball Test in Adelaide, Sydney Test will be played with the red ball and it will be played only in day and not at night.
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.
Notably, SCG will turn pink as the fans, sponsors, and players will embrace the pink colour during the Pink Test.
Meanwhile, 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. The Pink Test is one of our key fundraising events of the year, so we hope people across Australia will help keep the ‘pink’ in the Pink Test and show their support by visiting pinktest.com.au to find out how they can get involved.”
The four-Test series is equally balanced with both teams winning one Test each. The fourth and final Test will at the Gabba in Brisbane from January 15-19.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long added to this report.