#CoronavirusOutbreak: Buttler's 2019 World Cup shirt raises £65,000
England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has raised more than £65,000 to help fight the coronavirus by auctioning off his ICC World Cup 2019 final shirt. Buttler auctioned the shirt to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital. Buttler's aunt is a head of paediatrics at the hospital, where England players have made donations. Here's more.
Buttler's World Cup final shirt was sold to raise money
Buttler's 2019 World Cup final shirt, which he wore when completing the last-ball run-out that saw England beat New Zealand at Lord's, was sold to raise money for specialist heart and lung centres. Buttler had hit a fifty in the finale against NZ and batted in the Super Over. He put his long-sleeve keeping jersey up for sale on eBay a week ago.
The shirt smells pretty authentic, says Buttler's wife
Buttler's wife, Louise, is related to the Royal Brompton's head of paediatrics, said: "The shirt smells pretty authentic. It's a very special one but I think it takes on extra meaning with it being able to hopefully go to the emergency cause." "It just felt like a good thing to do and a great way to help," she added.
It's an amazing amount of money, says Buttler
The auction ended on Tuesday, with the highest bid in excess of £65,000. "It's an amazing amount of money," said Buttler. "It's a very special shirt, but it takes on extra meaning with it going to an emergency cause."
Buttler contributed immensely in the finale
Buttler played a big role in making England win the final of the marquee event. He played a fine knock of 59 runs. Later on, he scored seven runs off three balls in the tie-breaking Super Over. Moreover, he completed the last-ball run-out due to which England won the elusive trophy by defeating New Zealand.