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Nick Kyrgios to Shane Warne, how sports stars are doing their bit for Australia’s bushfires

Nick Kyrgios made the initial pledge of $200 (140 USD) for each ace he serves. Shane Warne, arguably cricket's greatest spinner, has said he will auction his Australia team cap.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 12, 2020 12:48:35 pm
Fires have also been burning in Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania.

The massive devastation caused by the bushfires in Australia has sent shock waves in the entire world and the sports fraternity is attempting to raise money to assist those affected by the tragedy.

Australian tennis players announced they would raise funds for those affected. Nick Kyrgios kicked it off by pledging $200 (140 USD) for each ace he served. Alex de Minaur, who will star alongside the world No. 30 at the upcoming ATP Cup, also joined the chorus.

“I like this I will go $250 (175 USD) per ace, just because I don’t think I’ll be hitting as many aces as you mate,” de Minaur wrote on Twitter.

Cricketing greats Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and others will come out of retirement for a charity game featuring Australia’s former superstar cricketers on February 8. The Ponting XI vs Warne XI to be played on February 8 is among other initiatives announced by CA on Sunday to support the bushfire victims.

Cricket Australia has announced that two one-day international matches between Australia and New Zealand at the SCG in March will raise funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to help those affected by the fires. Cricket David Warner also shared a photo that showed the situation on ground.

Australia’s T20 stars Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn also announced that they will donate 250 dollars for every six they hit in the ongoing Big Bash League.

Tennis Australia said Thursday it planned to announce some fund-raising initiatives for the bushfire victims at the ATP Cup and at the Australian Open.

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne is auctioning off his Baggy Green to raise money for victims of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Warne, Australia’s most prolific Test wicket-taker and arguably the greatest spin bowler of all time, made the announcement on Monday at the SCG during the third Domain Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Australian captain Paine and Lyon visited Wingello, a town of about 500 people in hard-hit New South Wales, on Wednesday, days after it was devastated by the flames. The pair walked through the charred shells of houses and past burnt-out vehicles and met rescue crews and residents.

“It’s been a really special day for us, to come down and see some of the devastation and see the size of the fire that has come through places like this has been absolutely mind-blowing,” said Paine. “When you do see it, you realise … the flat-out bravery of our firemen and women that have come out here to try and save lives and save properties. It has been an unbelievable effort, so we thought it was really important to come here and say ‘thank you’. It has been a really special day, a really humbling day.”

Former India allrounder Yuvraj Singh also took to Twitter and wrote, “Australia has burnt more than 12million acres this season, they r not even halfway through its peak fire season. Tragic news on #bushfiresAustralia 480 million animals has been lost. This is the culmination of climate change it’s time v take some action. Prayers for all affected.”

The early and devastating start to Australia’s summer wildfires has been rated as the worst on record. More than 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have been destroyed and at least 17 people have been killed so far. (Here’s why it’s particularly bad this year)

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