Tsunami charity matches January 11, 2005

Warne leads World XIs in New Zealand

Cricinfo staff



Bow with the captain: Warne will lead a FICA World XI © Getty Images

Shane Warne, who played his first one-day international since December 2002 last night, will captain a FICA World XI in three limited-overs matches against New Zealand in a hastily-arranged replacement series for the postponed Sri Lanka tour. Warne will be joined by Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Andy Flower at Christchurch on January 22, Wellington on January 24 and Hamilton on January 26 to raise more money for tsunami victims.

Warne has also refused to shut the door on a possible one-day return after he showed his value in the limited-overs arena during the charity match. "I definitely enjoyed it," he told ABC Online. "It's something I speak to Ricky [Ponting] about a fair bit and chat about it, but at this stage I'm still retired. But I do enjoy playing it and who knows, down the track, you never know."

Martin Snedden, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, said they hoped to break even from the series or to run at a manageable loss. "It will be expensive to hold, but the benefits for the home cricket season and the Black Caps, as well as those who benefit from our fundraising activities, will make the series more than worthwhile. The series is an important initiative." Snedden said funds from the matches would go to World Vision and Sri Lanka's Cricket-Aid, which is providing emergency relief for the homeless.

FICA World XIs Game 1 Shane Warne (capt), Andy Flower, Ian Harvey, Graeme Hick, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lance Klusener, Nick Knight, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jonty Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Heath Streak, Chaminda Vaas.

Game 2 Shane Warne (capt), Andy Bichel, Matthew Elliott, Andy Flower, Ian Harvey, Graeme Hick, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lance Klusener, Nick Knight, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jonty Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Heath Streak, Chaminda Vaas.

Game 3 Shane Warne (capt), Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Matthew Elliott, Andy Flower, Ian Harvey, Graeme Hick, Sanath Jayasuriya, Justin Langer, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jonty Rhodes, Kumar Sangakkara, Heath Streak, Chaminda Vaas