Ahead of his final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Australian opener David Warner has made a last-minute plea on social media for his missing Baggy Green. The prestigious Baggy Green had gone missing on the journey in the team’s transit from Melbourne to Sydney for the third Test.
"Inside this backpack was my Baggy Green," Warner said in a video posted to his social media on Tuesday afternoon. "It's sentimental to me. It's something I'd love to have in my hands walking out there this week. If it's the backpack you really wanted, I have a spare one here. You won't get into trouble.
"Please reach out to Cricket Australia or myself via my social media. I'm happy to give this to you if you return my Baggy Green."
Warner, in the video, stated that they had gone through every CCTV footage and insisted that someone could have stolen the Baggy Green in the blind spots.
"We've gone through CCTV footage, they've got some blind spots apparently," he said. "We've spoken to the Quay West hotel who we absolutely trust, they've gone through their cameras and no one has gone into our rooms.
In the same Instagram post, Warner added a caption further stating that he would be grateful if the Baggy Green was returned ahead of his final hooray in Tests.
"@qantas have said they checked their cameras and have not seen anyone open our bags and take the backpack, however they do have blind spots … I would be grateful if this were returned asap."
Australian skipper Pat Cummins praised the southpaw's illustrious career, stating that his ability to instantly take the game away from the opposition in the space of 'an hour or two' was a defining feature of his red-ball career.
"I think everyone will think of him in their own way," he said. "Personally I think of him when he first came on the scene and really changed Test cricket. He was striking at over 70 which is unheared of, especially for an opening batter, averaging 40 or 50. That's the Davey I remember - walking out there and taking the game away from the opposition in the space of an hour or two, and doing it for over a decade.
"His longevity is something that gets overlooked. Just the bulk of cricket he's played over the last 12-13 years is pretty much more than anyone else in the world. Every time he walks out there, he's competitive and ready to go. Just a champion of Australian sport. Hopefully he gets a good send off this week."