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'You won't get into trouble': Warner pleads for return of stolen baggy green cap before final Test

2nd January, 2024
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David Warner has issued a desperate plea for the return of his baggy green, which he says was stolen on the eve of his final Test.

Warner took to Instagram on Tuesday to say his backpack, containing two baggy green caps, had gone missing in transit between Melbourne and Sydney this week.

The bag is understood to have contained the cap Warner has worn for most of his Test career, as well as another.

“Unfortunately somebody has taken my backpack out of my luggage which had my backpack and my girls’ presents in there,” Warner said ahead of the SCG Test against Pakistan.

“Inside this backpack was my baggy green. 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. 

If Warner is unable to locate the cap before Wednesday’s third Test against Pakistan at the SCG, a replacement will be granted by Cricket Australia.

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But it would be a hollow feeling wearing it given this is the last of Warner’s 112 Tests for Australia.

Warner said he had spoken with Qantas about the situation.

“A couple of days ago our bags got freighted via Qantas. We’ve gone through CCTV footage, they’ve got some blind spots apparently,” Warner 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.

“If you are the person who was either working for the company driving it to and from the airport or working for @qantas and have, by chance, just wanted the backpack, I have one for you. 

“I would be grateful if these were returned ASAP.”

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Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has also spoken on the misplacement of the cap, asking for anyone with information to come forward.

“I implore anyone with information about the location of Dave’s bag and baggy green caps to come forward so he can proudly wear his cap for a final time at the SCG.

“Dave has asked anyone with information to contact him via his or CA’s social media accounts.”

Warner has previously lost his baggy green ahead of a Test tour of Bangladesh in 2017, but it was later found at home in a bag by his wife Candice.

He was issued a replacement cap for the first Test in Dhaka, where the opener hit his maiden Test century in Asia.

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A similar misunderstanding of the cap being mislaid at home is, however, extremely unlikely this time as Australia’s players have only been in transit.

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