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Jos Buttler 'amazed' at the response of World Cup shirt auction
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Jos Buttler 'amazed' at the response of World Cup shirt auction

Jos Buttler says he is "amazed" at the response received so far to an auction for his World Cup final shirt to raise money in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buttler's shirt, which he wore when completing the historical run-out of Martin Guptill in the final at Lord’s, is being auctioned for two specialist heart and lung centres. The shirt has already raised more than £65,000 ($80,000) with one day left on the auction.

"There's a day or so left on the auction as well so hopefully we can raise a bit more," Buttler said in a conference call on Monday.

"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."

The spread of coronavirus across the world has brought cricket to a halt, with English cricket expected to start from May 28.

The lucrative summer tours to England by the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia are placed in total uncertainty.

England's centrally contracted players last week had made an initial donation of £500,000 in support of the England and Wales Cricket Board and good causes.

"Everybody is very aware of our duty as players to contribute where we can," said Buttler.

The Lancashire player said he was unsure about the Hundred tournament this year but added the money needed to go to grassroots’ cricket.

"I think the Hundred's a big thing that may or may not happen this summer," he said. "It may get delayed. I know a lot of investment has gone into that.

"But as players we're all very aware of the other effects this is going to have drip-feeding down into the game. Without grassroots' cricket we're nothing really."

"So I know the players are very strong on wanting that money to help that grassroots' structure and pathway because we need to bring people into the game and make sure that is very strong,” he remarked.