Australia vs India: Reason why Sydney Test will be called ‘Pink Test’
The fourth Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy played at the iconic SCG will be the Pink Test.
Updated - Jan 2, 2019 7:57 pm
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy is coming to an end, before the final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Indians are the ‘favourites’ to bag the series. A win or a draw in the fourth Test will ensure that the No.1 Test team also creates history as it would be India’s first ever Test series victory on Australian soil. Looking at the series so far it is the Indian bowling attack has dominated the Aussie batsman and the visitors have fared better in the batting department to emerge on top.
The Sydney Test has had a lot of significance in the past decade, as the New Year’s Test at the SCG is identified as the ‘Pink Test’. The tradition was started back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. The fourth Test between India and Australia in Sydney is set to be the 11th edition of the Pink Test. The last time when Australia played the Pink Test, they won the match against England by a big margin of 123 runs.
Why is it called the Pink Test ?
Every January, the Sydney Cricket Ground hosts a Pink Test, as this New Year’s Test is supporting a noble cause in honour of former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath‘s late wife Jane McGrath. The funds raised during this match will go to the Glenn McGrath Foundation.
Glenn McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer support and education charity in Australia, which raises funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in Australia and also increase breast health awareness. Since the start of the foundation, it has placed around 120 Breast Care Nurses and supported across 67000 families across Australia especially in rural and regional places.
The day 3 of the Sydney Test is called “Jane McGrath Day”. The fans at the Sydney ground will dawn pink clothes to warrant their support. The stumps for the match will also be Pink in addition to this the Ladies Stand at the historic SCG will be temporarily renamed The Jane McGrath Stand for the day. Before the start of day three, the players from both the teams will present McGrath their Pink Test cap.
The Glenn McGrath Foundation was initially started by the Aussie cricketer and his wife in 2005 following her recovery from breast cancer. Three years later, Jane passed away and the Pink Test became a tradition from the following year.