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Ellyse Perry to captain Governor-General's XI against South Africa

Ellyse Perry to captain Governor-General's XI against South Africa
Ellyse Perry will captain the 12-player squad
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Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry will be leading a 12-member Governor-General's XI squad for the upcoming 50-over game against South Africa at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Sunday.

The squad was selected by Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in consent with the Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel.

Perry will lead a relatively young side which also includes 15-year-old New South Wales player Rachel Trenaman.

The Governor-General wished the players selected for the South African fixture and is confident of the Australian Women's team extending their dominance in the coming years.

“Australian women cricketers are amongst the best in the world,” the Governor-General said.

“With a big summer of cricket ahead, this is an opportunity to see experienced and up-and-coming players test their mettle against the formidable South African team. There is no doubt this match will be a highlight on Australia’s cricketing calendar.

“I congratulate each player on being selected for the Governor-General’s XI – only the second time this has occurred.”

Meanwhile, National Selector Shawn Flegler said he is keen to view the upcoming talents on show on Sunday's game.

“The selectors are looking forward to seeing how the next generation of Australian cricketers fare against a strong South African side.

“A number of players have started the season well in WNCL, which is encouraging to see, and we hope that they continue to push for higher honours.

“Rachel Trenaman is an exciting young player and a game like this is a great opportunity for her to play with, and against, some of the best players in the world,” Flegler said.

Governor General XI's squad:

Ellyse Perry (C), Sarah Beard, Lauren Cheatle, Piepa Cleary, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda Wellington

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