#AusvEng: Australia Prime Minister XI announced to take on England

Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel (NSP) today named the Prime Minister’s XI to play England at Manuka Oval on 14 January.

The full squad is: Mike Hussey (capt, WA), Cameron Bancroft (WA), Jason Behrendorff (WA), Matt Condon (ACT), Pat Cummins (NSW), Jake Doran (WK, NSW), Peter Handscomb (VIC), Simon Mackin (WA), Glenn Maxwell (VIC), David Moody (WA), Lega Siaka (PNG) and Mac Wright (12th Man, ACT).

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the squad to play England in this month’s Prime Minister’s XI match,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott. “This team is an exciting mix of emerging talent and big name players.

“This fixture promises to be an exciting day in what’s shaping as a memorable summer of cricket in Australia,” the Prime Minister concluded.

National Selection Panel Chairman Rod Marsh said of the team announcement: “This match is a special fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar and a magnificent tradition. Mike Hussey will lead the team well and is a great drawcard, as is local boy Jason Behrendorff, who has been in fantastic form this summer across all three formats.

“Fans will also be looking forward to seeing Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell in action. Pat has been in excellent form bowling fast for the Sydney Thunder this summer, while Glenn can electrify the crowd with his daring and aggressive stroke play.

“18-year-old batsman Jake Doran is in the team, and he will also take the gloves. I think we all realise what a great talent Jake is, and his selection will provide another opportunity for him to continue his development.

“We are also excited about 22 year old batsman Lega Siaka, contracted to the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League. Lega scored a century for Papua New Guinea in their first ever One-Day International series in November when they defeated Hong Kong, and he is a confident young batsman who will excite the fans. His selection highlights PNG’s growth as a cricketing nation,” Marsh concluded.

Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee said, “The Prime Minister’s XI game provides the perfect opportunity for the most talented ACT players to again showcase their skills against international opposition.

“We are very pleased to see 19 year old batsman Matt Condon selected, who has been in excellent form this season both with the ACT Comets and in grade cricket in Sydney.

“Two years ago Jono Dean took the PM’s XI match by storm scoring a half century, and the following season was contracted by the Adelaide Strikers, so Matt will know what an opportunity this is and will be looking to put his best foot forward,” McNamee said.

James Buttler

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