Blushing fans a hit in pink

At first blush a group of 30 cross-dressing young men and their outlandish garb are not the clearest tributes to two cricketing greats and a woman whose fight against cancer has become legendary.

But the men calling themselves Mike Hussey's hussies at the third day of the final test of the series against Sri Lanka would beg to differ.

Black arm bands in memory of Tony Greig, the late cricket commentator and former player, and zinc cream covering sweaty noses in deference to Mike Hussey, the Australian cricketer retiring at the end of the series, make up the men's homage to the cricketing greats.

And of course skimpy pink dresses for Jane McGrath Day, the foundation that raises awareness for breast cancer.

"Real men wear pink," says Rob Massey of the Central Coast.

Mr Massey's enthusiasm for the colour pink was shared stadium wide as crowds cheered wildly for the slow-paced game - in many cases head-to-toe in shades ranging from fuchsia to baby pink.

In a different age bracket, three elderly "angels" sat front row under a pavilion. They have been lining up since 5am behind 300 people to get prime seating.

The gentleman wore wigs, spray painted beards, custom made pink suits and halos in acknowledgement to the nurses that the McGrath Foundation raises money for.

The foundation tries to help every Australian family experiencing breast cancer with access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Glenn McGrath and Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek showed up, the PM getting well and truly in to the spirit in a pink tailored jacket and wide-brimmed pink hat.

Even a Sri Lankan player joined in for the good cause wearing a small patch pinned to his uniform.

Passionate cricket fan, Felicity Mackenzie of Newport, is dressed in a pink flapper dress and full 1920s get-up.

She tears up as she tells the story of her cousin Rosemarie Zammit who was diagnosed with breast cancer this time last year.

She is happy to report Ms Zammit is now in remission after a year of treatment. Ms Mackenzie has been coming to the Jane McGrath Day for the past five years since it began.

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