Tim Southee will sell one of his World Test Championship (WTC) final jerseys to raise money for a little eight-year-old girl fighting cancer. The whole New Zealand team that competed in the ICC showpiece tournament in Southampton has signed the unique jersey.
The 32-year-old announced the project on Instagram, along with photos of the shirt.
Tim Southee said his family first learned of Hollie Beattie’s story a few years ago. Beattie, who is eight years old, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, in 2018 and has been battling it ever since.
Southee invited people to bid on the jersey and aid the family during these trying times, admitting that the young girl’s strength and resilience have stayed with him.
The fast bowler isn’t the only member of the Blackcaps cricket team to show his support for the Beattie family. Last year, opening batsman Martin Guptill used an unique bat against the West Indies in a T20 match, which he later auctioned off to support Hollie in her cancer battle.
Tim Southee was one of the stars in the World Test Championship final
The fast bowler has put up a TradeMe website for the WTC Final shirt to be auctioned off. More than 150 people have bid on Southee’s jersey as of this writing, with the highest bid being $7,500.
Southee was outstanding in Southampton as New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to win the inaugural World T20.
With his swing bowling bothering Indian batters throughout the Test, the bowler finished with match numbers of 5/112. He also contributed with the bat, scoring 30 runs off 46 balls to help New Zealand gain an important first-innings lead.