Former Hampshire skipper Shane Warne auctions off ‘beloved’ possession to raise funds for Australian bushfires victims

Test legend Shane Warne has put his famous baggy green cap up for auction in a bid to raise funds for victims of the Australian bushfires.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 10:08 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 10:09 am
Shane Warne during his time as Hampshire skipper. Picture by Barry Zee.

The former Hampshire captain wore the cap throughout his career in which he played 145 Test matches and took an Australian record 708 wickets.

The 50-year-old announced the auction on his Instagram account earlier today and bids had exceeded 300,000 Australian dollars within three hours.

Warne - who skippered Hampshire between 2004-2007 - 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.

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‘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.

‘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).

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

The successful bidder for the cap will also receive an autographed certificate of authenticity from Warne.

More than 20 people have died in the blazes that have ravaged the country in recent months.

At least eight people have died this week in New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria, Australia's two most-populous states, where more than 200 fires are currently burning.