After 145 test matches and a national tour, Shane Warne's baggy green cap has come to rest at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.
The great legspinner sold his cap in January this year, in an effort to raise funds for those afflicted by the bushfires which rampaged across the country.
"All of us were touched by the loss of our devastating bushfires and how it affected so many," Warne said.
"For me, I thought 'What can I do to help?' I decided to auction my cherished baggy green cap and was absolutely blown away for how much it went for."
The cap was purchased by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for $1 million, which was paid in the form of a donation to the Australian Red Cross.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Australian shores, the cap embarked on what was called the Baggy Green Tour, with the aim of raising further funds for bushfire relief.
In total, over $20 million was raised by CBA for bushfire relief efforts, which has been donated to various organisations and community groups throughout the country.
"When CommBank then took the cap around Australia to raise even more money, it was such a proud moment for me and my family to be able to raise money for other families who have suffered such loss," Warne said.
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CBA CEO, Matt Comyn, said the company felt a duty to assist as many Australians as possible during a time of national tragedy.
"As a large Australian company, we think it's absolutely appropriate for us to be supporting the community," Mr Comyn said.
"$20 million is higher than we expected ... we're thrilled to have raised that amount of money.
"The baggy green itself has certainly exceeded our expectations in terms of level of interest, money raised, and I think it's just a really nice end to that chapter as well, making it available to a local museum."
Warne's cap became part of the museum's Baggy Green Exhibition, which features 30 caps belonging to legends of the game from all eras, including Victor Trumper, Doug Walters, Belinda Clark, Adam Gilchrist, and, of course, Sir Donald Bradman.
Former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, said the decision to rest the cap at the Bradman Museum served as homage to the efforts of the emergency workers during the summer.
"Baggy Green 350 [denoting Shane Warne's position as Australia's 350th test match player] will remain on display at the Bradman Museum as a thank you and acknowledgement of the truly magnificent effort by all our emergency service personnel who assisted in communities across the country last summer," Mr Howard said.
The cap was presented to the Bradman Museum on Thursday, August 27, which would also have been Bradman's 112th birthday.
There was a formal presentation held in front of the new exhibition, at which special guests such as famed cricket journalist Mike Coward and former international umpire Simon Taufel were present.
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