Shane Warne auctions famous cap to help bushfire victims

Tanya Simon
January 6, 2020

Whatever funds acquired will be given to the Bushfire Appeal aiding those affected by the devastating fires across Australia.

Warne is the second most successful cricket test with 708 wickets in 145 tests - behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800).

Announcing the news, Warne said he remains hopeful that his baggy green manages to raise some significant amount of money for the people and communities affected in Australia's devastating bushfires.

Since September, fires in Australia have killed 24 people and approximately 500 million animals, with more than 1,000 homes destroyed and millions of hectares of land razed.

The announcement, made on Fox Cricket's commentary during the fourth day of the Sydney Test, sent bidders into a frenzy, overloading the server of auction site pickles.com.au to the point that it went down within minutes.

"Everyone is in this together and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis".

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The bids came in thick and fast for the baggy green with former England skipper Michael Vaughan pushing things along with a bid of $25,000. The stories are horrific.

Legendary batsman Don Bradman's "baggy green" fetched A$425,000 (£225,000) in 2003 - the Australian, who died in 2001, has the highest Test average of 99.94 runs.

Australian sports figures and some global tennis players who arrived on site for the Australian Open ahead of the tournament have raised funds in support of relief and recovery efforts for victims.

"This has lead me to auction of my beloved baggy green cap (350) that I wore throughout my Test career (when I wasn't wearing my white floppy hat)". Australian players Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and D'Arcy Short have already announced that they will donate AUD 250 each for every six they hit in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) to support bushfire victims.

Tennis player Nick Kyrgios broke into tears as he discussed Australia's awful forest fires.

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