Jos Buttler to auction World Cup final shirt for coronavirus fight


London: England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has announced that he will auction the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final win to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus.

The 29-year-old Buttler, who played a key role in England’s inspiring victory over New Zealand in the final at Lord’s last year where he scored a half-century and then dislodging the stumps to run out Martin Guptill off the final ball of the super over.

“I’m going to be auctioning my World Cup Final shirt to raise funds for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Last week they launched an emergency appeal to provide lifesaving equipment to help those affected during the COVID-19 outbreak,” he announced on Twitter and placed the shirt on an American based auction website.

“As we all know, hospitals, doctors, nurses and the NHS are all doing quite an incredible job at the moment and in the weeks and months to come they are going to need our support even more,” he said.

He also announced that the shirt would be signed by all the players from England’s World Cup squad.