England's cricketers have taken time out from what is a very hectic international schedule to raise money for Cricket United, a very worthwhile cause.
The players have put down their cricket bats and balls and picked up pencils, crayons and felt-tips and used their artistic skills to support others.
Cricket United is aimed at improving lives through the game and is a joint fundraising venture with the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund.
Any proceeds raised from this cause will help Lord's Taverners provide funding for disabled children to play competitive cricket, it will help Chance to Shine reach out to a thousand schoolchildren through cricket and will also help to fund the PCA's confidential helpline which helps players on personal issues, such as mental health, which has been in the spotlight recently.
The second day of the fifth Test between England and India at The Oval, Saturday 16th August, has been designated Cricket United Day where the supporters who are attending the game are asked to wear something blue, buy a raffle ticket or a Cricket United t-shirt to aid fundraising efforts.
The England cricket team have shown their support for the cause with a series of pictures. Youngsters Joe Root and Jos Buttler look to have the drawing talent in the dressing room. Joe Root has sketched a picture of the whole England team which the players have signed.
His drawing is surprisingly accurate and shows the cheeky side of the young Yorkshireman as the team picture includes fellow-Yorkie Gary Ballance with his shirt off, a tribute to England's number three who was pictured with his shirt off in a Nottingham bar after a Test earlier in the summer.
Jos Buttler has added further humour to the drawings by sketching former England captain Nasser Hussain as Montgomery Burns, Homer Simpson's big-nosed boss from the hit programme.
Stuart Broad, despite his broken nose, has also got in on the act by drawing another ex-England captain Michael Vaughan with a squirrel on his head - a little swipe at the Lancastrian's enhanced hair follicles.
Even commentator and pundit David Lloyd, otherwise know as Bumble, has joined in the fun by drawing fellow Lancastrian Jimmy Anderson appealing for a wicket, in the nude, with a speech bubble depicting England's leading wicket-taker swearing.
Clearly this is a play on the fact that Anderson has been used as a model in the past, but is also treading a very thin line with some of his antics on the cricket field.
It is possible for the public to bid for the variety of drawings as the pictures are available
on eBay until 9pm on Tuesday 19th August. It will be interesting to see how much money is raised from these pictures.
To find out more about Cricket United, and this worthwhile cause, you can visit their website at www.cricketunited.co.uk
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