Brett Lee To Captain Prime Minister's XI

Brett Lee
Brett Lee took more than 300 Test wickets and will lead the Prime Minister's XI
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Fast bowler Brett Lee will captain the Prime Minister's XI which will play England on 14th January at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The match will provide England with preparation for the One-Day International series and their opponents will be led by Lee, who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs for his country between 1999 and 2012. He also played 25 Twenty20 Internationals.

He took 310 wickets in Tests and 380 in ODIs and was part of victorious Ashes campaigns in 2001, 2002/3 and 2006/7.

"It’s a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister’s XI to take on England," Lee said.

"I know first-hand how this important fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar can help propel the careers of young aspiring cricketers.

"I first played in the Prime Minister’s XI against India in 1999. I was fortunate enough to take four wickets in that match, and less than three weeks later found myself on the biggest stage of all playing at the MCG on Boxing Day in my first Test match for Australia.

"More than 14 years on, I’m proud to lead what I’m sure will be an emerging team of stars here next month at the magnificent Manuka Oval," he added.

The rest of the team will be picked by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel with input from Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott.

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