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Tributes Continue To Pour In For Jane McGrath

Grieving former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath was amongst those who paid tribute to the courage of his wife following her death on Sunday. English-born Jane lost her long battle with cancer at the age of 42. "I am devastated by the loss of my beautiful wife Jane," Glenn McGrath said in a statement on Monday. "She was my best friend. "This is also a very tough time for our children James and Holly. I am grateful they were able to spend the time they had with their mother. "They were her world. I would like to think Jane will be remembered as an extraordinary person whose courage and determination humbled me and inspired so many people. "I never took for granted the time I had with Jane and if there is one thing that can be drawn from her life, it is that every day is a blessing." The Australian cricket team will honour Jane's memory during Tuesday's One Day International against West Indies in St. Vincent. The players will wear pink ribbons and use pink grips on their bats. The colour pink represents the McGrath Foundation, an organisation set up by Glenn and Jane to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. "Jane was a wonderful person who fought and maintained grace and dignity during her long-term illness," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said in a statement. "She was an exceptionally friendly and lovely person who displayed great courage and stoicism during her illness. "She was a tremendous mother to James and Holly and shared a very special and deep relationship with Glenn in the time they had together." "On behalf of Cricket Australia, but also I am sure of cricket fans everywhere, I offer our sincere condolences to Glenn, James and Holly, as well as to Jane's broader family and many friends," Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. "Jane was well-known, loved and admired throughout Australian cricket and was one of the most respected and admired members of the Australian cricket team family group during Glenn McGrath's playing days. "All of us who met her were charmed by her dignity and good humour as she tackled her battle with her illness for more than 10 years. "We also greatly respected the work she and Glenn did through their Foundation, work which brought and will continue to bring tangible comfort to so many others. "It was typical of her to set aside her own concerns and to offer so much energy and hope to others touched by breast cancer. © Reuters 2008
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