Published: 14th January, 2020
Surrey CCC is donating £10,000 to the efforts to tackle the widespread bushfires that have burned through large parts of Australia in recent months.
The donation comes as an all-star match has been announced to take place before the Big Bash League final, with Surrey capped player and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting set to lead one of the sides.
The Oval has an important shared heritage with Australia, with the ground hosting many of the greatest moments in the country’s cricketing history, including their iconic victory over England in 1882 that led the way for the creation of the Ashes and Sir Don Bradman’s final ever Test innings in 1948. Surrey CCC Members also benefit from reciprocal rights with New South Wales, the state side based at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ricky Ponting leaves the field in his final ever first-class game, for Surrey in 2013
England and Australia most recently met just four months ago, in the final Ashes Test of the epic 2019 series.
Richard Thompson, Surrey CCC Chairman, said: “The images of the suffering and devastation being wrought by the fires that have been beamed across the globe are utterly heart breaking.
“Surrey CCC has many great friends in Australia – and often send our young players to develop their games in the country during the English winter. This donation is a tiny token of our appreciation for all the work being done to save lives and limit the damage caused by this tragedy.
“We hope next month’s game is a huge success and this wonderful country is able to do everything possible to right itself and help those effected by these fires.”