Cricket WAG debuts after messy split
After a rocky start, Nathan Lyon's new partner has been officially welcomed by the fellow wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the Australian cricket team as she stood out at the Sydney Test.
While Australia's stars were getting battered by India out in the middle, Emma McCarthy attended the Jane McGrath high tea on day three of the New Year's Test alongside the partners of Lyon's teammates.
It's become one of the biggest days on the Aussie cricket calendar and McCarthy's appearance with Bonnie Paine, the wife of captain Tim Paine, and the rest of the women is a sign of her acceptance in the group after she started dating Lyon in acrimonious circumstances.
Just over a year ago Lyon split with his longtime partner Mel Waring, which shocked the cricket fraternity. The childhood sweethearts have two daughters together and their breakup became public knowledge when pictures of Lyon kissing McCarthy emerged last December.
Waring was quoted at the time by The Daily Mail saying she had been "f***ed around" in the separation.
Because of the messiness of their split and because of the existing WAGs' loyalty to Waring, McCarthy reportedly wasn't rushed into the inner sanctum right away. However, given the public nature of her appearance at the Sydney function during the Pink Test, which sees the McGrath Foundation raise money for breast care nurses, and activity on social media, it seems the Perth-based real estate agent is now firmly part of the group.
McCarthy shared a photo on Instagram of her alongside Paine, Pat Cummins' girlfriend Becky Boston and Marcus Harris's partner Cat McAteer. Paine also posted a picture of the group together.
According to a source quoted by The Daily Telegraph: "The Pink Test high tea is the day when the WAGs are most visible. So if ever there was a day they would hide Emma today would be it."
The publication reports McCarthy sat at the head of the table at the high tea yesterday.
Just last month Waring took to social media to write a heartfelt message about her family - 12 months after her split from Lyon.
Her Instagram post hinted at the milestone moment her relationship breakdown became public knowledge, while also looking to her family's future with optimism.
"My little tribe, a year on," she posted on Instagram with a photo of her daughters.
"We might not be the family we once were but the girl gang is stronger then ever and can't wait for our new adventure next year!"
Aussie cricket WAG Candice Warner, the wife of suspended Aussie cricketer David Warner, was among the first to reach out to Waring on social media.
'So good!!' she wrote with a love-heart emoji.
Usman Khawaja's wife Rachel also shared a warm message for Waring and her family.
"So much love for you beautiful girls,' she wrote.
Waring revealed recently she has lost more than 20kgs since the separation after finally finding time to start a new diet.
She revealed to The Herald Sun in March there were times during the breakup she simply wanted to "curl up in a ball" and hope the whole mess would go away.
"It's very hard to switch off an emotion so strong," she said.
"He was my first love and it's hard to understand how you can love someone for nine years and then they become someone you don't recognise," she said.
"I'm sure everyone would have completely understood if I decided to switch off and curl up in a ball.
"I had a choice on how I wanted to present myself to the world and get through things.
"I just wanted to show my girls that I can and will get through anything as a strong woman and that happiness isn't defined by a man - as much as it hurts to lose him."