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Australia greats to take part in charity game to aid bushfire victims

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 January 2020, 16:39 IST

Australia’s distinguished cricketers Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting will get off their retirement to captain all star team at a charity game to raise money for the victims of Australia’s bushfires, it was set forth on Sunday.

Other former cricketers who enrolled for the ‘Bushfire Cricket Bash’ include Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Australia coach Justin Langer, while Steve Waugh will not have a cricketing role. All match profits and funds gathered in the game will go to Australia Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

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Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts stated that he expected it would play a part in aiding those affected by the fire that have killed say the least 27 people and razedmore than 2,000 homes.

"People the world over have seen the overwhelming images of hundreds of thousands of hectares burnt, precious lives lost, hundreds of properties destroyed and the devastating loss of wildlife as a result of the fires," he said.

"These images have reinforced the need to get behind organisations like the Australian Red Cross which is responding to the immediate requirements of people who have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods."

Cricket Australia also put in $2 million Australian into the fund to help community cricket clubs affected by the fires.

It is the most recent approach made by sports stars to pay up memorabilia and cash to help in the relief effort.

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First published: 12 January 2020, 16:39 IST