The Ashes: England players sketch team-mates for Cricket United
England's cricketers have sketched portraits of their team-mates to raise funds for Cricket United!
Last Updated: 27/07/13 12:45pm
Skipper Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann are among a group of players who have swapped batting pads for sketch pads to create portraits of each other in support of the 'Cricket United' appeal.
Cook, whose side has a 2-0 lead going into next week's third Ashes Test, explained: "We hope the portraits will raise significant funds for three fantastic charities, The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund, and help improve lives through cricket.
"It's a bit of fun and the lads enjoyed doing something completely different for charity. Rest assured we won't be giving up our day jobs!"
The set of drawings includes two by opener Joe Root - named man of the match in England's second Test win at Lord's after striking 180 - who took Art at A-Level, as well as portraits of the England Women's team
Cricket fans can now bid for the original portraits at eBay at http://bit.ly/Englandportraits. The auction will last for 10 days until 1pm on Sunday 4th August, with all proceeds going to Cricket United.
The England Women portraits will be auctioned during their Ashes Test match at Wormsley cricket ground in Buckinghamshire 13-16 August.
Women's captain, Charlotte Edwards said: "I've seen at first-hand the inspirational work of the three charities. Funds raised from the sale of the drawings will help support a range of beneficiaries; from children starting out in the game to cricketers retiring from it. And you never know, they may become a collector's item one day!"
Earlier this month, former England captain and Sky Sports commentator Andrew Strauss called on cricket fans to get involved in 'Cricket United Day' on August 23rd - the third day of the fifth Ashes Test.
Supporters can show their support in a number of ways: by wearing something blue - a colour that unites the three charities - at the ground on the day, by making a donation or bid on an England portrait, volunteering or helping to spread the word.
An online Cricket United supporters' stadium allows fans without tickets to the game to get behind the day by buying a 'virtual seat' and leaving a message of support.
Watch the third Ashes Test between England and Australia live on Sky Sports Ashes HD from 10am on Thursday.