Not only would purists appreciate the clean field, this column has been told it is a neater look for sponsors, and the groundskeepers appreciate not having the paint seep into the soil.

A CA source has indicated the arrangement will continue next season when, hopefully, the sport will not be encumbered by as many restrictions related to the pandemic.

CV restores Deano’s honours

In a poignant post-script to Dean Jones’s turbulent relationship with Victorian cricket administrators, the late great has had his life membership with Cricket Victoria reinstated posthumously.

The state’s men’s one-day player of the year award will also be again known as the Dean Jones Medal.

CV’s decision was made after discussions with the Jones family and has the blessing of his wife Jane and his children.

The announcement came as the popular late player was farewelled by his adoring home crowd on one of the biggest days of the Australian sporting calendar.

“Dean was one of Victoria’s greatest players and we want his cricket legacy to live on here for many decades,” CV chair Dr David Maddocks said.

“I’d like to thank Jane, Phoebe and Isabella for their support to restore this honour. Dean was fundamentally passionate about Victorian cricket and wanted to see us succeed on every level and have as many Victorians playing for Australia as possible. We share that aspiration.

“We look forward to awarding the medal again in 2021, and in doing so pay tribute to one of our most gifted and popular players who truly invested himself as a Victorian player and supporter.”

Third Test to stay pink

The McGrath Foundation will continue its association with the New Year’s Test, even if the game is moved from Sydney.

Though the charity is still planning for the match to be held at the SCG, it hopes Melbourne fans will take to the theme as well as Sydneysiders have since its inception for the 2008/09 season.

Traditionally known as Ladies Day, the third day of the Test has become Jane McGrath Day, with fans encouraged to wear pink.

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“The beauty of the Pink Test is as soon as you switch the TV on, it looks amazing and a huge celebration,” McGrath Foundation chief executive Holly Masters told The Tonk.

“The most important thing is to keep the pink in the Pink Test and get everybody involved – remotely or wherever they are.”

Ruffled feathers

The MCG has had an issue with seagulls and pigeons for many years. The venue once deployed wedge-tailed eagles above the stands to scare them away and, more recently, installed kites in the shape of birds.

Those strategies have not worked so the Melbourne Cricket Club has turned to audio boxes blasting out bird noises.

There was still the odd feathered friend around on Boxing Day but they were largely out of sight, out of mind.

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