Ashes 2021-22: McGrath contracts COVID days before Pink Test

File photo of Glenn McGrath
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File photo of Glenn McGrath 


  • The third day of the SCG Test is known as Jane McGrath Day.
  • McGrath will be present virtually for the Pink Test.
  • Australia have already retained the Ashes.

Legendary Australia pacer Glenn McGrath has been tested positive for Covid-19  ahead of the fourth Test of The Ashes 2021-22 between England and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney starting from January 5. The Sydney Test is going to be a Pink Test which is played in memory of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer, and is used as a fundraiser to support patients suffering from the dreaded disease. 

The time Australia’s opponent in the Pink Test will be England as part of the Ashes series. The year-opening Test will be played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 5.

The third day of the SCG Test is known as Jane McGrath Day and it remains to be seen if the former cricketer will turn negative in time to attend the event. McGrath, however, will be present virtually when both sides are presented with their baggy pink caps.

“Glenn has had a PCR test which unfortunately returned a positive result,” McGrath Foundation chief executive Holly Masters was quoted as saying in the Australian media. “We wish Glenn and his family good health. 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,” she added.

Australia have already retained the Ashes by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. 

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