Indian captain Virat Kohli presents his pink cap to Glenn McGrath ahead of play on day three of the fourth Test match between Australia and India. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
Indian captain Virat Kohli presents his pink cap to Glenn McGrath ahead of play on day three of the fourth Test match between Australia and India. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

McGrath humbled by Kohli's pink support

GLENN McGrath has praised Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli for his visible support of the McGrath Foundation and hopes England will get behind a similar concept following the death of the wife of former England skipper Andrew Strauss.

Australian pace great McGrath's wife Jane died of breast cancer in 2008.

The McGrath Foundation was set up in in 2005 to raise awareness of the illness and fund breast care nurses to support individuals and their families.

The SCG Test is now known as the Pink Test and the Saturday of that game is called Jane McGrath Day.

Glenn McGrath shook hands with players from both sides before play started on Saturday, with the majority of the crowd wearing something pink.

McGrath was touched but not surprised by the support from Kohli, who on day one had pink on his gloves, pads and bat grip when he came to the crease.

"I was chatting to him down in Melbourne and he said he's got all his pink gear ready and (to) keep an eye on it when we get to Sydney - it's going to be pretty special,' McGrath said on Saturday.

"It was massive. It's very humbling that someone like Virat would do that, that was a very special moment."

McGrath said he was sad to hear last week of Ruth Strauss's death from a rare form of lung cancer.

In a statement issued last week, Andrew Strauss said his family would set up a foundation in memory of his wife to raise funds for cancer treatment and research.

"I knew Ruth and Andrew, I played for (Strauss's English county side) Middlesex apart from the battles we've had out in the middle for Australia v England," McGrath said.

"I did really feel for him. I know how he feels and it's a very sad time for him and his family and all we can say is he has our total support.

'We're thinking of him and his family and I hope that he's got some great people around him, which I think he has.

"Who knows what the future holds? Maybe England can do something similar to what has been created here."

McGrath reported around $410,000 of his organisation's target of $2.1 million over the Test, to fund 15 more breast care nurses for a year, had been raised after the first two days.

- AAP

News Corp Australia

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