Jos Buttler’s World Cup shirt auctioned for charity

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LONDON England wicketkeeper Jos Buttleris auctioningthe shirt he wore during last summer’s triumphant World Cup final to raise funds fortwoLondon hospitals. Buttler was the man who broke the stumps during the decisive super-over victory againstNewZealand atLord’s, theactwhichultimatelysecured England’s firstWorld Cup success in unforgettable fashion. He has now decided to place the powder blue one-day jersey, which will forever hold a place in English cricket history – on eBay. The profits raisedwill be giventotheRoyal Brompton and Harefield HospitalsCharity.Bothhospitalsare heart and lung centres on the frontline of the coronavirus response. Buttler posted on Twitter: “I’m goingto be auctioningmy World Cup Final shirt to raise funds for the Royal Brompton andHarefieldHospitalscharity. Last week they launched an emergency appeal to provide life saving equipment to help thoseaffectedduringtheCovid19 outbreak.” The official posting,which had attracted bids topping £10,000 after less than an hour of the seven-day auction time, described the item as follows: “The iconic long sleeve wicket keeping shirt that Jos Buttler wore during the 2019 World Cup finalatLords signed bythe team. “As you can see from the photos of the shirt with Jos this is the genuine item and will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Phoenix Management. “Whilst this shirt is preciousto Jos hismemories ofthe day will last a lifetime and he hopesitcan raisealot ofmoney to support this hospital with their life saving work.—AP