Australia legend Shane Warne opens up on horrific bushfires as baggy green cap raises A$1million to help cause

Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has opened up on his efforts to help fight the horrific bushfires which have caused total devastation down under.

Australia is battling one of its worst-ever bushfire seasons, caused by record-breaking temperatures and extended periods of drought.

Warne raised more than one million Australian dollars

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Warne raised more than one million Australian dollars

Since September, 25 people have died and thousands have been made homeless, while an estimated one billion animals have perished.

The tragic events have shattered hearts worldwide and Warne admits he struggles to fathom what’s happening in his homeland.

In a bid to help out, the former leg-spinner, who took 708 wickets, auctioned the baggy green cap which he wore throughout his 145-Test career.

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank made a winning bid of more than one million Australian dollars (£528,514) in the final minute of the auction, which will go to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Firefighters have bravely fought to contain the blaze

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Firefighters have bravely fought to contain the blaze

They plan to take it on national tour, raising more money for communities affected by the bushfires, before it permanently resides in the Bradman Museum.

“I played 145 Tests and I wore this for my whole career,” Warne told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“We wore it every single morning on a bowling day, we’d all wear our baggy green caps.

“It’s got a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and some drink celebrating victories as well.

“It’s something that I cherish, and this is something that’s touched all of us.”

Amid the destruction, stories have emerged of bravery and heroism, with firefighters and thousands of volunteers putting their lives on the line to fight the extremity.

The bushfires have caused mass devastation across Australia

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The bushfires have caused mass devastation across Australia

Warne added: “It’s horrific. The images that we’re seeing daily are just heartbreaking.

“Over 500 million animals have died, houses have been destroyed, lives have been lost. It’s total chaos, especially in Victoria and New South Wales.

“You can smell the smoke everywhere, it really is horrific.

“We’re all trying to do our bit to help out these firefighters; what they’re confronted with every single day is unthinkable.

“It’s pretty hard to express, if you do look at the images it’s pretty hard to understand. There are people who have lost everything.

“There have been so many heroic stories from these firefighters, saving children, families, animals.

You can make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recover Fund by clicking here.

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