Charity fans tickled pink by Ashes result

Sport and tradition go hand in hand, and for one group of Wollongong mates, that tradition means wearing pink.

With the fifth Test starting today, the Australian cricket team is marching towards a potential Ashes whitewash.

And there's nothing the Wollongong fans would like to see more than Australia continuing to exact brutal revenge on the English, their tormentors over the previous three Ashes series.

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The third day of the Sydney Test gives the perfect chance to get dressed up and into the celebratory spirit expected at the SCG from this morning.

Sunday will be "pink day", dedicated to the McGrath Foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research in the name of Jane McGrath, late wife of Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath.

And for all six years, Corrimal man Carl Bighetti and his group of mates have donned their pink finery and made the trip up to the SCG for day three.

In tow, they have a pink cricket helmet, plenty of bright shirts, and have even cut four holes in a pink cricket bat - ready-made for carrying a load of SCG tap beer back to the sun-drenched concourse.

"We started out with just two or three of us, but we recruited as we went along," Mr Bighetti said. "Everyone gets into the spirit of it - it's a bit of a party atmosphere."

The fact the series stands at 4-0 to the good makes it sweeter still.

Of course, the Australian fans will come up against the Barmy Army - English fans so dedicated that they seem to sing as loud when they are being pounded as they do in victory.

Luke Stafford, of Fairy Meadow, said he enjoyed the singing, but it's "easier to tolerate when you're winning".

Trains are operating to an amended timetable this week, with the weekend timetable for some weekdays.

Today the Saturday timetable will apply with extra services at peak times.

Some commuters have been confused by the timetable situation this week, as signs announcing the changes are posted at train stations - meaning they are spotted only after commuters arrive.

See the transport information website or download the transport info app for more information on timetables.

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