Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Glenn McGrath at the Jane McGrath Foundation charity tea at the Sydney Cricket Ground.SYDNEY – Who would have thought the Sydney Cricket Ground would look pretty in pink in its 100th Test match?
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Glenn McGrath posed the question, and the obvious answer was: certainly not the colonials who gathered on an old army rifle range for the first Sydney Test match in 1882.

Pink was hardly the colour of choice for tight-lipped gentlemen of the Victorian era but it looked mandatory for both genders on day three of the second Test between Australia and India.

For the fourth year running everyone involved in the game – from players and administrators to staff, media and spectators – turned the SCG into a sea of pink to raise money to battle breast cancer.

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

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

That was an understatement. The bulk of spectators were wearing pink, and Michael Clarke wielded a pink-handled bat in front of pink stumps on a ground where the sponsor’s on-field logos were pink.

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