While Warne has preferred to wear a white wide-brimmed hat for much of his legendary career, baggy green is one of the most valuable assets of any Australian cricket player.
“The horrible forest fires in Australia have left us all incredulous,” Warne wrote on Instagram. “The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has affected us all.
“Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have also died. Everyone is in this together and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis. This led me to auction the my beloved cheeky green cap (350) that I wore during my Test career (when I wasn’t wearing my white floppy hat). I hope my green baggy can raise significant funds to help all those people in desperate need. “
He said donating his hat was “the least I could do”.
One of five 20th century Wisden cricket players, Warne’s stance means that the offer may extend well into six-figure territory. As a point of reference, the hat Don Bradman wore during the 1948 Invincibles tour of England was reportedly sold at auction in 2003 for $ 425,000.