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Australia fires: Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne to play in bushfire fundraiser

14 January 2020

Former Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne will lead the two legend teams in a charity match organised to raise money for the victims affected by the devastating bushfires in the country.

Shane Warne had an interesting story with the Baggy Green, but the legendary Legspinner still says that it means "everything for him" after hitting more than $ 1 million in an auction.

This match will be a curtain raiser to the Big Bash Final.

Meanwhile, other retired Aussie stars like Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell will also take part in the game.

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"Hopefully a few [more] big names will get involved as well", Warne said on Sunday. It doesn't matter whether it's music, film, television or sport with the most varied codes, "said Warne".

"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.

"It can sometimes be incredible what people do to help others in hard times".

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".

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The venue will only be decided when the host of the BBL is confirmed, but the MCG looms as a likely option. Looking at the points table where Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers are trying to book the top spot, predictions are that the final could be played in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Waugh said Cricket Australia gave him a replacement baggy green after his first one was eaten, and that he has kept the remains of his half-eaten cap.

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. "It's nice to be part of it", Ponting told reporters. "If we could replicate something like that (tsunami match) for this game, that would be incredible".

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts confirmed the event and why he felt it was important for Cricket Australia to get involved.

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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.