Aussie cricket legends to raise money for bushfire victims

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Aussie cricket legends to raise money for bushfire victims

Melbourne Great Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting will be the captains of starred teams at a unique Bushfire fundraising match to be played on February 8.

The former Australian captain earlier auctioned his prized "baggy green" cap, which raised more than A$1 million ($686,000) for the bushfire relief effort.

He even once refused to put the Baggy Green on Wimbledon when Steve Waugh insisted that all players wear it to a match in the ashes of 2001.

All three matches will support bushfire relief, so you've really got no excuse not crack open a cold one at the cricket on February 8.

"The Bushfire Cricket Bash" is going to feature players like Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell, and Micheal Clarke. The Bushfire Cricket Bash will be played in the afternoon and will act as a curtain raiser for the BBL Final, according to Cricket Australia.

"Hopefully a few (more) big names will get involved as well", Warney said. It doesn't matter whether it's music, film, television or sport with the most varied codes, "said Warne". Global cricket legends Lara, Tendulkar and Dhoni are on the wishlist.

"All those guys who have been out here and traveled with different countries have had great times in Australia, whether it's playing here or getting out and about", Ponting was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

Roberts said: "I'm very proud of the response not only from the Australian Cricket family but from the broader sporting industry and the community at large".

"It can sometimes be incredible what people do to help others in hard times. Warnie has majority on speed dial so he'll be reaching out to them over coming days", he added.

The venue will only be decided when the host of the BBL is confirmed, but the MCG looms as a likely option.

It's been 15 years since Ponting and Warne played in the 2005 Boxing Day tsunami charity match at the MCG, where a World XI took on an Asian XI. "It's nice to be part of it", Ponting told reporters on Sunday.

"If we could build something like this for this game, it would be unbelievable".

The Legend Play is part of a mega fundraising day for the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund.

Cricket Australia additionally injected Aus$2 million (US$1.38 million) into a fund to aid neighborhood cricket groups influenced by the fires.

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