Leg-spin legend Shane Warne will auction his Baggy Green caps to raise funds for victims of devastating bushfires in Australia. The most prolific Test wicket-taker in Australia and the greatest exponent of wrist spin bowling, has made the announcement today (Monday) at the SCG during the third Domain Test between Australia and New Zealand.
“The ‘King of Spin’ and Australia’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, Warne, has made his baggy green cap available for auction to raise funds for the Bushfire Appeal to aid those affected by the devastating fires across Australia,” reads the intro on the page created for the charity auction at https://www.pickles.com.au/campaigns/foxcricket.
Warne taken to his twitter handle @ShaneWarne to make the announcement.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 6, 2020
“The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all,” Cricket Australia in a report on its official website has quoted Warne as saying.
“I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people who are in desperate need.”
Earlier, other cricketers have come forward to raise money to a cause close to the hearts of millions of Australians during an unprecedented summer of bushfire tragedy, with KFC BBL players donating sums of money for sixes hit and wickets taken, and Australia’s Test bowlers also following suit.
It will be interesting to see how much the Warne Baggy Green will make. Sir Donald Bradman’s caps were sold for Aus $425,000 at a charity auction in 2003.
Former England captain had made a $25,0000 Michael Vaughn had placed an initial bid of $ 25,000. However, it was not clear how many Baggy Green caps does Warne possesses.