04 January 2019

Aussies left black and blue on Day Two

Tomorrow the SCG turns pink.

Today the crowd turned beige and the Australian bowlers were left black-and-blue after another bruising day at the hands of India’s batsmen.

With trumpets and microphones waving wildly, day two welcomed ‘The Richies’ to the Clive Churchill Stand and as Australia toiled in the searing Sydney heat, the silver haired collective’s hopes were dashed with India posting 500 soon after the tea break.

Indian iron-man Pujara fell agonisingly short of his double century when caught-and-bowled by Lyon on 193, but quickly passed the baton to Rishabh Pant who was unbeaten on 159 following Kohli's declaration at 622, prompted by Jadeja’s departure for 81.

Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris were sent in late and negotiated their way through the final 10 overs of the day as Australia greeted stumps at 0-24.

Pride will be on the line for the Australian team tomorrow as they garner support for a comeback from the huge crowd expected to aid the McGrath Foundation.

The ‘Pink Test’ has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness and the McGrath Foundation’s endeavour to place breast care nurses throughout Australian communities. The McGrath Foundation hope to raise a staggering $2.1m during the event.

Currently in it’s 11th year, Day Three (Pink Day) is a wonderful occasion with foundation figurehead and adored Aussie cricket legend Glenn McGrath on hand to thank one and all for their generous support.

Both teams will again deliver signed baggy pink caps for auction and an army of over 200 donation collectors will move throughout the crowd.

Members gates open at 7am tomorrow, the public entrances are accessible from 8.30am and there are plenty of early dining and coffee options available.

Throw on your best pink outfit, arrive early and enjoy the spectacle of ‘pink’ Test match cricket at Australia's most historic ground - The SCG.