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Teams get behind flood-relief effort

Brydon Coverdale

January 12, 2011

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Flooding in Brisbane, January 12, 2011
Up to 20,000 homes are expected to be inundated in Brisbane © Getty Images
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The limited-overs series between Australia and England will turn into one continuous flood-relief effort, as the situation worsens in parts of south-east Queensland. Twelve people have died in the floods but that number is likely to rise, and up to 20,000 homes are expected to be inundated in the state capital, Brisbane.

The Australia and England teams will be collecting donations in the crowd at the Adelaide Twenty20 international and it will be the first of many fundraising drives during the series. England's players will donate part of their match fees for the first Twenty20 to the flood relief appeal, as will their Australian counterparts, while Kevin Pietersen is keen to auction a shirt and bat he used during the Ashes to assist the flood victims, and Cricket Australia has donated $100,000 to flood relief.

Shane Warne and Darren Gough are also becoming involved, tweeting their interest in setting up a "legends" Twenty20 match to help raise funds. Cricket New South Wales will donate all gate receipts from their Big Bash match against Queensland on January 29, the day before the Brisbane ODI, which Queensland Cricket remains hopeful will go ahead.

"It's been really heartening to see how many people are so willing to stop and do something to help," Cricket Australia's spokesman Peter Young said. "Everyone is feeling the pain. It's really heartening to get calls from clubs in the community who are having sausage sizzles, and they're saying 'where do we send the money?' We have a program called Cricket Cares. What's been demonstrated today is that cricket does care.

"We decided a week or so ago that we, Commonwealth Bank and Channel Nine would run a fundraiser during the Brisbane ODI, on January 30. Given the deteriorating situation with the floods, we've decided to broaden that, so we're starting the fundraising tonight at the international T20 in Adelaide and we'll run fundraising through the matches culminating in the match at Brisbane."

The offices of Queensland Cricket in Brisbane have been sandbagged and the state's staff were working from home on Wednesday, as the city was in the grip of a major natural disaster. The Brisbane River was expected to peak at 5.5 metres on Thursday, which would be the worst flooding in the city in more than a century.

Donations to the Queensland flood relief appeal can be made here

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Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 0:12 GMT)

Something_Witty i think it has affected everyone, my house was ok but my office was totally submerged, i cant work, my staff cant work and will take a while to get back on track. Its just so nice to see so many people coming together and supporting each other, no matter where they come from. I have never been so proud of so many people and so proud to be an aussie.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (January 13, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

Also our thoughts should be with people in Brazil who also are suffering a floods disaster like Australia. Two southern hemisphere nations, that need all our support right now. Our prayers are with both nations.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

As a proud Qlder and Aussie fan, this summer has been very painful on the cricket pitch. My office was flooded in ipswich and wont be able to work for sometime, my staff wont be able to work for sometime, it makes me proud to be an aussie when so many come together and support, Thank you England, english fans and all who have helped and donated, its nice to see the players from both sides going through the crowd collecting. I love graeme swann and his funn bubbly attitude, reminds me of an aussie. Thanks KP who i have always thought was a tool until now, really appreciated mate. Would be great to see a legends 20/20 game. I mean guys who played in the 80's who didnt get the chance to play 20/20, please ring and invite Sir Viv Richards and Curtly Ambrose and maybe even ajuna. In times like these you realise that cricket is just a game, a game that entertains but there are more important things in life. Thank You Australia and England.

Posted by Fireballz on (January 13, 2011, 3:05 GMT)

Big thanks to the English cricket team as well who have apparently all donated part of their match fees to the cause. It's a terrible event happening over in QLD but if all Australians can do their bit then I'm sure we can help ease the pain.

Posted by filizant on (January 13, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

Whilst as an aussie I'm not happy with the result of the match, I am touched by the efforts of both teams in recognising the tragedy and disaster in QLD. Also, whilst most cricket supporters delight in the aussie cricket demise, it's heartening to know that there are SOME cricket fans around the who acknowledge what is going on in QLD and the hardships currently faced. The whole of AUS is feeling this tragedy, not just QLD. Hopefully the ICC will follow Cricket Australia's suit and donate some of it's wealth to the cause.

Posted by Aaaaaron on (January 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT)

Good to see cricketers coming into the crowd for Donations, it wont happen in our country

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

i used to be more of a soccer fan ,although ive liked cricket from a early age,but cricket now gets my interest everytime.it gives me far more pride to see the england cricket team do well than their big headed overpaid footballing counterparts.my point is admidst these awful events in brisbane, the cricketing world unites and shows togetherness,to contribute to this extremely worthy cause.now imagine asking premier league football players to contribute in these difficult times for the people of queensland.more than likely the footballers response would be"whats in it for me".

Posted by Marcio on (January 12, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Good on the players on both sides. And good to see KP using his Twitter account for something sensible for a change!

Posted by Daleo73 on (January 12, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Any sport at anytime will always contribute to a relief effort by raising money, whether it be an Australian team or an international touring team. It's not expected, but certainly appreciated, because like anyone, you never know when it will happen to you directly. Having watched this closely from the Sunshine Coast and returning to Brisbane today, to say the Government doesn't care Boris72, is complete b-s. It's a natural disaster that people in in all parts of the world are sometimes subjected to. All you can ask for is the support of your fellow QLDer's, which we are always there to assist. Don't bag people that can't directly control circumstances. The cricket will get you through, and not regaining the Ashes will be a distant memory. It's times like these we should remember that the great game of cricket is just a sport, and there are more meaningful events that affect our lives. Some of our national cricketing heroes and their families will be affected by the QLD floods.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

I accept and support BORIS72 view on cricket & humanity.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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