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Bushfire relief game shifted to Junction Oval with forecast of heavy rain
Bushfire relief game

Bushfire relief game shifted to Junction Oval with forecast of heavy rain

A star-studded charity match for the Australian bushfire relief was shifted to Melbourne following forecasts of torrential rain.

Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting were one of the major star attractions to raise funds for the victims of the bushfires which left 33 dead and thousands homeless.

But with heavy downpours expected, Cricket Australia (CA) said it wouldn’t be possible to host the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Instead, the match will be played at the Junction Oval in Melbourne after the T20 match between the women’s teams of England and Australia.

Shane Warne, Michael Hussey, and Michael Clarke were among those who will be missing out due to prior commitments.

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The game has been shifted to the other venue in order to avoid any sort of damage to the pitch, where the BBL final is due to be played.

"We have moved the Bushfire Bash from the SCG because we want to provide every opportunity for the BBL final to be played on Saturday night," said Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts.

Adam Gilchrist will lead one of the teams in Warne's absence with Australian Test skipper Tim Paine acting as the coach of that side. Ponting led side will be coached by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Other big names taking part in the game include Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh, and current Australia head coach Justin Langer.

All the money raised from this game will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.