Cricket fans are asked to wear floppy hats and zinc cream to the Boxing Day Test – and the initiative has NOTHING to do with being sun smart
Australia and South Africa players will all wear floppy hats during the national anthems at the Boxing Day Test in tribute to cricket icon Shane Warne.
The first MCG red-ball blockbuster since Warne’s tragic death in March, aged 52, was always going to be an emotional affair and Cricket Australia have revealed the tributes that will be rolled out for the legendary spin king.
Warne was well known for wearing white zinc on his lips and wearing the Australian floppy white, wide-brimmed Greg Chappell hat during his playing days
Warne made the Boxing Day Test his own during his glittering career, highlighted by his MCG Ashes hat-trick in 1994 and taking his 700th wicket at the ground 12 years later, and he will once again take centre stage.
His Test cap number, 350, will be painted square of the wicket for the duration of the match.
At 3.50pm on Boxing Day, a graphic of Warne will be displayed on the MCG screens while highlights packages of the famous Victorian will roll out across the match.
Fans are being encouraged to wear a floppy hat and don Warne’s trademark zinc cream when attending the second Test of the series.
“Shane is an icon to cricket fans globally for the greatness of his cricketing achievements, his charisma and his infectious enthusiasm for the game,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.
“His place as a legend of Australian and world sport is assured.
Fans wearing shirts in tribute to cricketer Shane Warne attend day two of the First Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba in Brisbane
“Whilst we continue to mourn his passing, it is fitting that we honour Shane at his beloved Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
“I know I speak for the whole cricket community in saying that our thoughts continue to be with Shane’s family and friends and particularly his children Brooke, Jackson and Summer.”
Warne was last week honoured by his former Big Bash League team, the Melbourne Stars, during a match at the MCG.
A memorial service to farewell Warne held at the ground in March was attended by more than 50,000 people.