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Langeveldt, Ntini's pace shred England

ENGINEERED COLLAPSE South Africa's fast bowlers Makhaya Ntini and Charl Langeveldt, who played with a fractured left hand, ripped through England's batsmen

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"If we bat well and score some runs, they will have to bat last on this track," Kaneria said. "It will be hard for them to score runs on the last day especially if they're chasing around 200 or 250."

World players stage benefit matches

Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly will lead an Asian XI against a World XI in the first of two benefit cricket matches for tsunami victims at Melbourne in Australia next week.

Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was also named in a 14-member squad on Monday despite being advised to rest his left elbow.

Tendulkar had been included in the team on his personal request, Asian Cricket Council president Jagmohan Dalmiya said here.

Six Indians, five Sri Lankans, two Pakistanis and one Bangladeshi figured in the squad that would take on a Ricky Ponting-led World XI at Melbourne on Jan. 10.

The second match will be played in February in either India or Sri Lanka, the two cricket nations to have suffered the worst from the Dec. 26 tsunami which was triggered by an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in the disaster, with the toll mounting.

Other prominent cricketers in the Asian XI are Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar, ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's national cricket team toured the Indian Ocean island's tsunami-hit areas on Monday after cutting short a tour of New Zealand.

The players have joined forces with the cricket board, which has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to help hundreds of thousands of people left homeless.

The board will establish and run three emergency relief centers in Matara, Dambulla and Badulla to provide temporary shelter, food and medicine to survivors.

"I don't have the words to describe what I saw," Sri Lanka cap-tain Marvan Atapattu said.

"As national players, we wanted to let the people know we are with them. After all, they are our strength," he said.

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