Warne’s ‘baggy green’ cap sale raises A$1 mil for bushfire victims
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File photo of Shane Warne at fifth and final Ashes Test in 2007. (AP pic)
SYDNEY: Australian cricketer Shane Warne’s prized “baggy green” cap raised more than A$1 million on Friday for bushfire relief efforts, with the new owners planning to use it to raise more funds before it is donated to a museum.
Twenty-seven people have been killed and thousands made homeless in recent months as huge fires scorched through more than 10.3 million hectares of land, an area the size of South Korea.
Several towns and communities in the heavily populated southeastern states of Victoria and New South Wales have been advised to be alert and evacuate if needed.
Warne is test cricket’s second most successful bowler with 708 wickets in 145 tests, after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800.