COVID-19: Jos Buttler auctions World Cup final jersey to appeal to hospital

London England Jos Buttler is auctioning off the shirt he wore in last year's dramatic World Cup final victory in support of hospitals treating the coronavirus .

The 29-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman played a key role in England's thrilling New Zealand defeat at Lord's in July, scoring fifty, batting in the Super Over and then running Martin Guptill on the last ball of the match.

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In a social media video released Tuesday, the 29-year-old said he would post the jersey, signed by all members of the World Cup-winning team, on eBay.

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All proceeds will go to the charity of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.

As we all know, hospitals, doctors, nurses and the NHS are doing an amazing job right now, Buttler said.

And in the coming weeks and months they will need our support even more.

Last week, the charity of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals launched an emergency appeal to provide rescue teams for those two hospitals, specializing in lung and heart disease in preparation for the COVID-19 outbreak.

To help with your fundraising effort, I am going to donate this shirt, which is the one I wore in the World Cup final last year, signed by all the players who were part of the team.

British television personality Piers Morgan submitted a bid of £ 10,000 ($ 12,422) but the value of the shirt soon passed the £ 12,000 mark.

Cricket, in common with many sports, has seen its fixture program brought to a shuddering halt by the global spread of the coronavirus.

Buttler was on the England tour of Sri Lanka, which was recently abandoned during a warm-up game and was due to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League event Twenty20, which was postponed until at least April 15.

There will not be Cricket in England until May 28 at the earliest.