Khawaja To Captain Prime Minister's XI Against Sri Lanka
Usman Khawaja will captain the Australian Prime Minister's XI in a three-day tour game against Sri Lanka which begins on 6th December in Canberra.
Khawaja is the only player in the squad with Test match experience although Glenn Maxwell has played limited overs cricket for Australia.
Sri Lanka will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals during their tour.
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"It is a talented team that has an ideal mix of youth and experience," National Selection Panel chairman John Inverarity said.
"Usman Khawaja has been nominated as captain. He, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Doolan and Scott Henry have been released from their BBL franchises to take this opportunity to further their experience in the longer form of the game. They are players who have shown some excellent form in recent months and will be looking to enhance their claims for higher honours.
"Dean Solway from the ACT is a talented young batsman who will be keen to impress on his home turf. Scott Henry, Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Sam Whiteman are young left-handed batsmen. Each has produced at least one outstanding first-class innings recently and Whiteman will be given an opportunity to display his skills as an accomplished wicket-keeper.
"Luke Butterworth is an experienced medium-fast swing bowler who bowls with great accuracy and will provide great stability to the attack," Inverarity added.
Prime Minister's XI (from): Usman Khawaja (captain), Luke Butterworth, Alex Doolan, Matthew Gale, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Scott Henry, Glenn Maxwell, Chadd Sayers, Dean Solway, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman (wicket-keeper)
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