Boxing Day Take a look at 2020 | Australia vs India, second Take a look at, MCG: Advertising pitch

Not solely would purists recognize the clear discipline, this column has been instructed it’s a neater search for sponsors, and the groundskeepers recognize not having the paint seep into the soil.

A CA supply has indicated the association will proceed subsequent season when, hopefully, the game is not going to be encumbered by as many restrictions associated to the pandemic.

CV restores Deano’s honours

In a poignant post-script to Dean Jones’s turbulent relationship with Victorian cricket directors, the late nice has had his life membership with Cricket Victoria reinstated posthumously.

The state’s males’s one-day participant of the yr award will even be once more often known as the Dean Jones Medal.

CV’s choice was made after discussions with the Jones household and has the blessing of his spouse Jane and his youngsters.

The announcement got here as the favored late participant was farewelled by his adoring house crowd on one of many largest days of the Australian sporting calendar.

“Dean was one in every of Victoria’s best gamers and we would like his cricket legacy to dwell on right here for a lot of many years,” CV chair Dr David Maddocks mentioned.

“I would prefer to thank Jane, Phoebe and Isabella for his or her assist to revive this honour. Dean was essentially enthusiastic about Victorian cricket and needed to see us succeed on each degree and have as many Victorians enjoying for Australia as doable. We share that aspiration.

“We sit up for awarding the medal once more in 2021, and in doing so pay tribute to one in every of our most gifted and in style gamers who actually invested himself as a Victorian participant and supporter.”

Third Take a look at to remain pink

The McGrath Basis will proceed its affiliation with the New Yr’s Take a look at, even if the game is moved from Sydney.

Although the charity remains to be planning for the match to be held on the SCG, it hopes Melbourne followers will take to the theme in addition to Sydneysiders have since its inception for the 2008/09 season.

Historically often known as Girls Day, the third day of the Take a look at has grow to be Jane McGrath Day, with followers inspired to put on pink.


“The fantastic thing about the Pink Take a look at is as quickly as you turn the TV on, it appears to be like superb and an enormous celebration,” McGrath Basis chief government Holly Masters instructed The Tonk.

“An important factor is to maintain the pink within the Pink Take a look at and get all people concerned – remotely or wherever they’re.”

Ruffled feathers

The MCG has had a problem with seagulls and pigeons for a few years. The venue as soon as deployed wedge-tailed eagles above the stands to scare them away and, extra just lately, put in kites within the form of birds.

These methods haven’t labored so the Melbourne Cricket Membership has turned to audio packing containers blasting out fowl noises.

There was nonetheless the odd feathered good friend round on Boxing Day however they have been largely out of sight, out of thoughts.

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