Ponting and Warne to captain teams for bushfire fundraiser

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2020

Australian cricket giants Ponting and Warne will captain the respective teams in a match with their former worldwide stars Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke.

The star-studded affair will also include Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell. Steve Waugh and Mel Jones will be involved in a non-playing capacity.

On the same day, the Indian women's team will face their Australian counterparts in a T20 World Cup clash.

She was one of many domestic and worldwide athletes, from cricketers and tennis players to Australian NBA players, to have pledged to support the fundraising for bushfire victims.

"I am delighted to confirm that Bushfire Cricket Bash will be Cricket Australia's main fundraising initiative to support Australians affected by the recent unprecedented forest fire emergency", said CA Executive President Kevin Roberts.

"These images have reinforced the need to get behind organisations that are responding to the requirements of people who have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods".

Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne to lead teams: The legendary pair and some other known Australian cricketers will play in a charity match.

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

Spin great Warne congratulated Cricket Australia for the initiative and hoped to raise enough funds.

Blackwell, who retired from professional cricket in December, said the goal of the fixture was to recognise and support the heroic firefighters, who have battled flames throughout Australian over the past six weeks.

"I looked at Mark Waugh and he said "I'm not wearing it" and I said "I'm not wearing it either", Warne revealed in 2018 of the incident.

Warne raised more than A $ 1 million (£ 528,000) on Friday when he auctioned off his precious "baggy green, quot; cap for forest fire relief efforts". It's been a pretty tragic time in Australia.

All game wins and earnings made on that day go to the Red Cross Fund. Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn secured the highest bid, worth AU$1,007,500. Looking at the points table where Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers are trying to book the top spot, predictions are that the final could be played in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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