Pietersen bats for Queensland flood victims

London: England batsman Kevin Pietersen Tuesday decided to auction his bat and shirt he used during the Ashes series to raise money for the Queensland flood victims.

The state of Queensland has witnessed widespread devastation in the last week with the floods killing at least eight people.

Pietersen, who is currently with the England squad in Australia for the One-day Internationals, described the floods as "horrific" and requested everyone to chip in.

"These floods in Queensland are horrific!! Is there anything we as sportsmen could do to help?? Thoughts??," Pietersen posted on his Twitter account.

"Thanks for all your suggestions. Gotta try and help people!! This is so sad!!"

"I am prepared to auction off one of my Ashes winning shirts and one of my bats personalised to the highest bidder. Let me find a way of doing this today!! I`ll get back to you," he tweeted.

As if his personal belongings from the historic Ashes triumph were not enough, minutes later the 30-year-old came up with the idea to do his bit for the people in need.

"My auction gets better! On top of the bat & shirt, I will give 2 tickets to our Perth ODI 6 Feb and I will pay for flights & 2 nights accommodation to the highest bidder from anywhere in the world."

"I will find a way of working the auction in the next 24hrs so if you wanna help the Queensland flood victims, please wait for the info."

IANS