England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has raised £65,100 in his bid to auction the shirt he wore in last year’s World Cup final, to help in the fight against Covid-19.
Buttler had put up for the shirt for sale on eBay, the same long-sleeved shirt he wore when he ran out New Zealand’s Martin Guptill in the Super Over to seal England’s World Cup triumph, after a tied final at Lord’s last year.
The piece of memorabilia attracted 82 bids, with the winning bid amounting to £65,100. The amount will now be utilised to help the UK’s National Health Service in the fight against Covid-19, with the money to be used by specialised heart and lung centres at London’s Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.
“It’s a very special shirt,” Buttler said, “but I think it takes on extra meaning with it being able to hopefully go to the emergency cause.”