Henriques To Lead Australia 'A'
Moises Henriques will lead an experienced Australia 'A' side which will play England in a four-day match in Hobart from 6th November.
The team named includes uncapped batsmen Alex Doolan and Michael Klinger but the remaining nine players all have international experience.
Glenn Maxwell will be Henriques' vice-captain, Tim Paine will keep wicket and Shaun Marsh will open the batting.
The team will be coached by Ali de Winter with Graeme Hick as his assistant.
National Selection Panel (NSP) Chairman John Inverarity explained the thinking behind naming the team.
"Between 6-9 November there will be seven Australian first-class teams in action," he began. These 77 cricketers will be competing hard and performances in all matches will be closely monitored. It shapes as an exciting couple of weeks in Australian domestic cricket as we lead into the first Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test in Brisbane.
"We have struck a balance in what we think is the appropriate Australia A team to face England, while ensuring individuals have a solid preparation and chance to impress.
"There were clearly a number of players under consideration to play for Australia A in this match, however we have long been aware that 77 cricketers would be playing across these four days and due to various circumstances we have balanced our interests with what we feel is in the best interests for each player, their preparation and chance to push for higher honours.
"While these next couple of rounds of Shield cricket are important, the NSP is well advanced in its planning around the squad for the first Test.
"Players returning from one-day duties in India and not named for Australia A may play in the Bupa Sheffield Shield fixtures played concurrently with the Australia A fixture if it is considered that it is in their interests and the interest of their States’ to be included."
Australia 'A': Moises Henriques (captain), Glenn Maxwell (vice-captain), Trent Copeland, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine
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