Shane Warne auctions famous cap to help bushfire victims

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Cricket legend Shane Warne has put the “baggy green” cap he wore throughout his 145 test match career up for auction to help raise money for victims of the Australian bushfires.

Warne made the announcement on his Instagram account on Monday and bids had exceeded 310,000 Australian dollars (£164,000) in a matter of hours.

Posting alongside an image of himself with the cap, Warne wrote: “The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief. The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all. 

“Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have died too. 

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

“I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people that are in desperate need.”

Warne is the second most successful bowler of all time, taking 708 wickets throughout a glittering test career. 

A web page detailing specifics about the auction states that the 50-year-old he will sign the cap for the successful bidder with all funds going to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

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A number of sports stars have sought to raise money for those impacted by the bushfires that have swept across Australia in recent weeks.

Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova have committed 25,000 Australian dollars each.

Nick Kyrgios and a number of other Australian players, meanwhile, have committed to providing cash for every ace they serve over the coming weeks.

A fundraising exhibition match, featuring some of the world’s leading tennis players, will also be held prior to the Australian Open later this month.

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