Australia Cricket Legends To "Come Out Of Retirement" For Bushfire Relief Match

Legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting recruit big names for Cricket Australia bushfire relief match

She was among lots of residential and worldwide professional athletes, from cricketers and tennis gamers to Australian NBA gamers, to have actually promised to sustain the fundraising for bushfire targets. It doesn't matter whether it's music, film, television or sport with the most varied codes, "said Warne".

The confirmation of the charity match is the latest part of cricket's role in the fundraising efforts which have included the Australia Test attack donating A$1000 for every wicket they took in the SCG Test, signed shirts from both the Test side and BBL teams and BBL players donating money for sixes hit and wickets taken.

He once even refused to don the baggy green at Wimbledon when Steve Waugh insisted all players wear it to a match during the 2001 Ashes.

Cricket legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting will be among those taking part in the "Bushfire Cricket Bash" - with all profits going to the Red Cross, disaster relief and recovery fund.

Global cricket legends Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are on the wishlist.

"We can only try", Ponting said. We can only reach them and see if they want to help.

"All those guys who have been out here and travelled with different countries have had great times in Australia, whether it's playing here or getting out and about", Ponting said.

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Ponting is hoping his former teammate's extensive contact list of big-names will come in useful, joking Warne has "most of them on speed-dial". Sometimes it can be awesome what people will do to help others out in hard times.

Ponting remembered this game on Sunday and said it would be great to see some of the game's non-Australian greats adding to the game again this time.

Cricket's day of giving will celebrate volunteers, career firefighters and emergency services, and raise funds for @RedCrossAU.

The T20 match will be held on February 8th, but the venue has not yet been confirmed.

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

A "Rally for Relief" exhibition match at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne featuring Williams and Roger Federer is due to take place on Wednesday ahead of the Australian Open to raise further money.

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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