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Buttler's World Cup jersey raises over £65,000 for coronavirus battle
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Buttler's World Cup jersey raises over £65,000 for coronavirus battle

Jos Buttler's shirt worn during England's historic triumph in the World Cup final last year has raised in excess of £65,000 for two London hospitals engaged in the fight against coronavirus.

Buttler struck a crucial half-century in the grand finale at Lord's and later came out to smash a vital boundary in the Super Over as England edged past New Zealand in an enthralling encounter.

The ace wicketkeeper-batsman put his long-sleeve jersey on eBay a week ago, generating an enthusiastic response from fans.

A total of 82 bids were placed before the auction closed on Tuesday with the winner paying £65,100.

The money acquired from Buttler's fundraising efforts will go to the specialist heart and lung centres provided by the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

"It's a very special shirt but I think it takes on extra meaning with it being able to hopefully go to the emergency cause," he said.

Buttler's decision to sell his prized possession was cheered by the cricket fraternity including fellow teammates – some of whom have been inspired by his initiative.

The health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has accounted for the loss of thousands of lives in the United Kingdom as all sporting activities have come to a halt in the country and elsewhere.