Last week, Shane Warne raised just over one million dollars for bushfire relief efforts when he auctioned off his baggy green cap.
It was a response that far exceeded expectations - although unfortunately, one of his former teammates will be unable to have a go at topping Warne’s record auction.
Mark Waugh was a vocal supporter of Warne’s fundraising efforts, but unfortunately his own baggy green cap is a bit worse for wear, on account of it apparently being eaten by a rat.
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The prolific Test batsman revealed his cap’s unfortunate fate while on commentary duties for Fox Sport’s coverage of the match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades on Sunday evening.
“I had my baggy green in a safe on the ground and I opened the safe and a rat ate half of my baggy green cap,” Waugh said.
“I don't know (how), but he got in there and ate it.
“I actually had some money in there. It left the money alone and ate the cap.”
Waugh would go on to reveal he was issued a replacement cap to be worn during Test matches, as well as that he kept what remained of the gnawed-on original.
It would be fair to suggest neither baggy green cap of Waugh’s would command quite the price at auction Warne’s did, unfortunately.
Cricketers’ bushfire fundraising efforts not ever yet
Ricky Ponting and Warne are planning to recruit big names in sport and from movies and music to join their star-studded teams in Cricket Australia's bushfire relief match.
The two Australian legends will come out of retirement to captain the sides in the Bushfire Cricket Bash, which will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Big Bash League final on February 8.
The matches will form part of a triple header of cricket on the same day, with Australia to host India in a women's T20 international in Melbourne.
Australia coach Justin Langer and fellow former national team stars Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Alex Blackwell and Michael Clarke are already confirmed starters for the Bushfire Cricket Bash.
Steve Waugh and former Australian women's ace Mel Jones will have non-playing roles in the game.
Ponting and Warne are hoping they can convince some of their former rivals to join in the cause, with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara among the names on their wish list.