The passion of the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test

Over the next few days, entertainer and first time cricket punter Rachel Corbett will be putting her spin on what to expect over the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test. 

By Rachel Corbett

I’ve made no secret of the fact I don’t know much about the game of cricket, which is why it’s almost criminal I’m in these seats….

Not bad seats. Team McGrath taking in the Pink Test. Photo: Sourced. 

Not bad seats. Team McGrath taking in the Pink Test. Photo: Sourced. 

Except when conditions are like this…

A rainy outlook for the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test. Photo: Sourced. 

A rainy outlook for the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test. Photo: Sourced. 

There are people in this room who’ve been covering cricket for most of their careers which makes me grateful I’m sitting in the front row so I can’t see the constant eye rolling that’s no doubt going on behind me every time I open my mouth.

But there are moments when being unemotional about this game makes me emotional.

Sitting next to me in the first photo is Grace, The McGrath Foundation Media and Communications Officer.  To say Grace is a cricket fan would be an understatement.

I had the great joy of being with her when we entered the media room for the first time and Grace discovered this is where we’d be experiencing every moment of the Pink Test.  She was genuinely taken aback and I kid you not, tears welled up in her eyes.  As someone who has that exact reaction at a John Farnham concert (no judging) I was envious.

I love that feeling.  I yearn for that feeling.  That uncontrollable sensation that takes you over and fills you will equal parts joy, awe, respect and gratitude.  Watching Grace take it all in I realised what this game means for some people and it was an absolute joy to watch.  Unfortunately her emotional high was dampened 15 minutes later when the game started and I asked “are we batting or bowling?” Nothing like ignorance to throw a wet blanket over your soaring emotions.

But that kind of emotion is everywhere at the Pink Test.  Every volunteer you talk to has a story about why they’re giving their time to support the McGrath Foundation,  attendees actually walk up to people shaking buckets instead of crossing to the other side of the footpath and pretending they’re deaf, people dressed in head to toe in pink are happy to stop for photos and a chat about why they commit so fully to show their support for the McGrath Foundation.

If there’s a cricket match to cut my teeth on, this is the one to do it because there’s passion in the stands, on the field, everywhere you go.

If only there was a John Farnham song appropriate for this moment.  Oh stuff it, John is appropriate for every moment.  I’m off to get some tissues….