Melbourne, June 23 : Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has passed on his sympathies to former teammate Glenn McGrath and his family, and described the latter's wife Jane as a courageous lady.
Speaking on behalf of the Australian team, which is currently touring the West Indies, Ponting paid tribute to Jane McGrath's courage in battling her illness and said she would be fondly remembered.
"Jane was a wonderful person who fought and maintained grace and dignity during her long-term illness," Ponting said.
"She was an exceptionally friendly and lovely person who displayed great courage and stoicism during her illness. Jane was a tremendous mother to James and Holly and shared a very special and deep relationship with Glenn in the time they had together," the Daily Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"All of us are thinking about Glenn and their children at this very sad time. We all wish to convey that our best wishes go with him and to know our heartfelt sympathies are with the family at this time," Ponting said.
"Jane will be very fondly remembered by all of us," he added.
The Australian cricket team will pay homage to Jane by wearing pink ribbons and using grips of the same colour in tomorrow's one-dayer against the West Indies in St Vincent.
"As a mark of respect to the McGrath family, all Australian players will wear pink ribbons and batsmen will use pink grips during the batting innings," Cricket Australia said in a statement here today.
Jane died on Sunday morning after a decade-long battle with breast cancer and the colour pink represents the McGrath Foundation she co-founded with her husband Glenn to support women battling the disease.