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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 November 2005, 10:01 GMT
England on song
The England team recording in Faisalabad
"And did those feet in ancient times ..."
England's cricketers are hoping to top the charts at Christmas after recording a charity single.

They have linked up with singer Keedie to perform a new version of Jerusalem, which became the unofficial team anthem during the summer Ashes series.

They recorded the single, which will be released on 12 December, during the current tour to Pakistan.

The proceeds will be divided between the Asian earthquake appeal fund and two cricket charities.

Opening batsman Marcus Trescothick said: "We have to keep people aware. It's five weeks since the quake happened.

"If people aren't reminded daily or weekly, then the funds won't come in and the people will not cope with the disaster as well as they could do."

Last month Trescothick and captain Michael Vaughan took to the skies in an RAF helicopter to help distribute aid to survivors of the earthquake.

Jerusalem is a special song
Michael Vaughan

And the single should help towards the England and Wales Cricket Board's target of raising 100,000 for the appeal.

The team, meanwhile, are 8/1 with one bookmaker to be the Christmas number one, but they face stiff competition.

An all-star version of The Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen in Love has just been released as a tribute to the late John Peel, with all money raised going to Amnesty International.

And The Choirboys - CJ Porter-Thaw, 11, Patrick Aspbury, 12, and Ben Inman, also 12 - are releasing a version of Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven which will benefit the NSPCC.

Other number one contenders are Westlife's duet with Diana Ross on When You tell Me that You Love Me, Tony Christie's cover of Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody and Jingle Bell by Crazy Frog.


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