Captain Tom Moore made honorary cricketer in emotional 100th birthday surprise | Cricket | Sport


Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary England cricketer by Michael Vaughan in a heartwarming gesture on his 100th birthday. The national hero has been upgraded from a Captain to a Colonel by the Queen after his services for the country as he closes in on raising £30m for the NHS.

Captain Tom has brought a smile to the nation with his efforts to raise money for the NHS as they battle against the coronavirus.

His efforts have raised a stunning £30m, and as a big cricket fan he has now been welcomed into the England team.

His birthday was celebrated live on TV with an RAF fly over from a hurricane and spitfire crew.

And Michael Vaughan, England captain between 2005-07, narrated another video which included the likes of Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Joe Root to introduce him into the England cricket team.

“Times change but one thing remains as special now as it did 100 years ago, representing your country,” Vaughan said in the video.

“695 men and 160 women are part of that special club of English Test cricketers. I was the fortunate captain in 2005 to lift the Urn. It doesn’t get any better. And we all want to welcome you Captain Tom to our team.”

He was followed by Alec Stewart, who said: “Happy birthday Captain Tom. 100, not out.”

Vaughan also posted an image on Instagram with the caption: “The nations Captain … Welcome to the team Colonel Tom Moore.”

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