England cricketer Jos Buttler’s World Cup-winning shirt a big hit

England's Jos Buttler celebrates running out Martin Guptill to clinch the World Cup. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

He broke Kiwi hearts, but England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler may help save lives with the lucrative auction of his Cricket World Cup-winning shirt.

The highest bid ahead of the auction closing on eBay on Wednesday morning (NZ time) was a whopping $NZ136,335 on Tuesday morning.

Buttler is auctioning the shirt to raise money for a life-saving piece of equipment for the Royal Brompton Hospital in London as it fights the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the long-sleeved shirt he wore when he completed the run-out of Black Caps opener Martin Guptill on July 14 last year to give hosts England victory in the Super Over finish to a dramatic World Cup final at Lord’s.

​Buttler told The Daily Telegraph he chose the Royal Brompton hospital because his wife’s aunt is the hospital’s head of paediatrics.

The money raised is set to be used on a ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine, which provides life support in people who are seriously ill with lung or heart failure.

 

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