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Beach party for fans at the SCG!

cricket Updated: Jan 02, 2013 01:11 IST
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In a first, Cricket Australia (CA) and soft-drink giants Coca Cola have transformed a stand, Bay 10, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) into a temporary beach for the upcoming third and final Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka starting Thursday.

The pop-up beach, titled "Coca-Cola Beach @ the cricket", will be launched Wednesday by Australia cricketers Shane Watson, Mike Hussey and David Warner. A splash pool with lifeguards will also be available for the fans to watch the Pink Test match.

The match has been named the 'Pink' Test in support of former Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath's McGrath Foundation.

The McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer support and education charity which raises money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and provides education to increase breast awareness in young women.

The charity was originally founded by McGrath and his English wife Jane in 2002, following her initial diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. Jane died in June 2008 at the age of 42.


Clarke set to play

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke is likely to play in the third test against Sri Lanka beginning Thursday after completing a lengthy fitness test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Usman Khawaja is on standby in case Clarke's hamstring problems rule him out of the match. Australia has already clinched the three-match series with victories in the first two tests at Hobart and Melbourne.

Paceman Peter Siddle said the third test would be an emotional one because of the death of former England captain and commentator Tony Greig last Saturday, and also the imminent test retirement of Michael Hussey.

Australian players are expected to wear black armbands in memory of Greig.