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Hick and Knight to star in charity matches.

England pair Graeme Hick and Nick Knight will represent a star-studded World XI in three one-day charity matches against New Zealand later this month.

Shane Warne will lead the team in matches to raise funds for the victims of the tsunami.

The world's leading wicket-taker, Warne, and his spin bowling rival Muttiah Muralitharan are joined by South African one-day legend Jonty Rhodes in a player-coach role, in a Federation of International Cricket Associations' World XI, that also includes Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya, Heath Streak, Matthew Elliott, Ian Harvey and Lance Klusener.

The first match takes place at Jade Stadium in Christchurch on January 22 with the remaining two at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on January 24 and Hamilton's Westpac Park on January 26.

'Given the devastating effect of the tsunami on Sri Lanka and Asia, as well as the inclusion of Sri Lankans in the FICA XI, it is appropriate that NZC further supports international efforts by cricketing countries to help raise funds for Tsunami victims,' NZC chief executive Martin Snedden said.

'Funds raised through the series will be distributed to Sri Lanka Cricket's 'Cricket-Aid' and World Vision.'

ZIMBABWE Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka believes the 226-run defeat in the opening Test against Bangladesh must be forgotten as quickly as possible.

Bangladesh bowled out Zimbabwe for 154 in their second innings midway through the final day to claim their maiden Test win in 35 attempts and ensure they cannot lose the two-match series.

Enamul Haque jnr was their hero with six wickets as they achieved the breakthrough win after being granted international status by the ICC in 2000.

Zimbabwe were playing their first Test since last April over a fall-out between selectors and a group of senior players, who are still missing from the side.
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