Ashes 2021: Australia Vs England, Glenn McGrath Covid positive, Pink Test

Ashes 2021: Australia Vs England, Glenn McGrath Covid positive, Pink Test

Aussie cricket legend Glenn McGrath’s involved with the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Test is in doubt after he caught Covid.

Australia’s greatest ever fast bowler Glenn McGrath has contracted Covid-19 on the eve of the Test match set up in the memory of his late wife Jane.

The Sydney Test has become the Pink Test and day three known as Jane McGrath Day and a major fundraising initiative for the McGrath Foundation, which helps fund nurses who support individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer.

Jane passed away in 2008 as a result of breast cancer, having fought the disease for over a decade.

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But the Aussie cricket legend is in doubt for the third day celebrations after the McGrath Foundation released a statement revealing its co-founder had contracted the illness.

McGrath is reportedly feeling well and is at home isolating with his family but will be unable to do the regular pre-match publicity and team photos.

McGrath Foundation CEO, Holly Masters said, “Glenn has had a PCR test which unfortunately returned a positive result. We wish Glenn and his family good health.

“We are hopeful Glenn will remain well and return a negative result in time to attend Day 3 of the Pink Test, now known as Jane McGrath Day on 7 January.

“We are grateful to our partners at Cricket Australia and the SCG, as well as the England Cricket team and the broadcasters for their ongoing support for the Pink Test and look forward to still making this the ‘pinkest’ Ashes.”

Last season, in front of a limited crowd, the Foundation raised $3 million as fans were able to buy a digital seat. More than 150,000 were sold.

Last year McGrath said it cost around $14 million each year to fund the foundation’s 154 nurses as it moves towards the goal of 250 McGrath Breast Care Nurses.

Covid has wreaked havoc with the 2021/22 Ashes series, as England had a disrupted training session at the SCG on Sunday after a net bowler received a positive test while bowling.

England has been hit hard by Covid, having four positive cases among its group — although no players — during the Boxing Day Test.

Then head coach Chris Silverwood and four other coaches were forced to miss the Sydney Test after returning a positive test.

Australia has been relatively unaffected, losing Travis Head to a positive case but having all other players, staff and family members cleared.

NSW is currently going through a record number of cases, including more than 18,000 on Sunday.

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Author: Shirley