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ASHES-WINNING CAPTAIN RECRUITED

CRICKET UNITED RECRUITS ASHES-WINNING CAPTAIN TO LEAD 2015 CHARITY CAMPAIGN

The three charities behind Cricket United – Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund – were celebrating the summer’s biggest transfer coup today, with 2005 Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan signing up as the campaign’s official ambassador.

Ten years on from England’s famous Ashes series victory, BBC Test Match Special and Channel 5 cricket pundit Vaughan is aiming to evoke the spirit of 2005 at the same ground where he lifted the famous urn to encourage cricket fans, players and partners to help improve lives through cricket.

Following its success in 2013 and 2014, Cricket United Day returns for a third year at the Kia Oval on Saturday 22 August 2015 during 5th Investec Ashes Test. Funds raised by the UK’s biggest cricket charity awareness and fundraising day will help:

| Lord’s Taverners provide more opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled young people to enjoy the benefits of playing cricket and other sports

| Chance to Shine to spread the power of cricket in schools and communities

| PCA Benevolent Fund continue to run a confidential helpline, providing advice and treatment to players suffering from mental health issues

Cricket United ambassador, Michael Vaughan, said:“I think cricket needs to realise what a family it is and Cricket United sums it up perfectly for me, three great charities all come together to help improve lives through cricket.”

“I’m very proud to be the official ambassador for the 2015 campaign and hopefully by the time Cricket United day comes around England will be close to lifting the Ashes urn which isas important as anything!“We are supporting three great cricketing charities and everyone involved in cricket in either a professional or amateur capacity has an affiliation to Cricket United. The charities have the same ethos to make sure cricket is looked after and trying to drive cricket forward.”

“I look to Australia and the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Test in Sydney has a similar feel so hopefully everybody gets behind Cricket United and helps turn the Kia Oval blue on 22 August – whatever blue you have make sure you wear it!“I’m sure it will be a great day for the three charities and a great day for the England team.”

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