Haddin To Lead Prime Minister's XI

Haddin To Lead Prime Minister's XI
Haddin To Lead Prime Minister's XI
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Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin will be returning to his roots when he captains the Prime Minister's XI against Sri Lanka in February.

Haddin grew up in Canberra and he will lead the side against the touring Sri Lankans in a one-day game at the Manuka Oval on 3rd February.

The team also includes fellow internationals MItchell Marsh, Adam Voges and Nathan Lyon and it will be Haddin's fourth appearance in the fixture.

"As a cricketer growing up in Canberra without the exposure to first-class cricket, the PM’s XI match was the one game I always looked forward to and always wanted to tick off as a player. To be named captain is an honour," Haddin said.

"The team selected has some good form behind it and I hope to be able to get a win on the board. Having players like Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh and Adam Voges who all have international experience will go a long way to helping our chances too.

"It’s also important for players to put their name in front of the selectors and give themselves every opportunity to press for a place in the Australian side.

"I’m also excited about playing with Dean Solway, whose family was a strong supporter of mine while I played cricket in Canberra. Dean’s father has been a big influence on my career so it will be nice to walk on to the field with Dean and share this experience with the family."

The game is the curtain-raiser ahead of the Commonwealth Bank Series which gets underway on 5th February.

Prime Minister's XI: Brad Haddin (captain), Peter Forrest (vice-captain), Wes Robinson, Mitchell Marsh, Adam Voges, Kurtis Patterson, Dean Solway, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, Michael Nesser, Nathan Lyon

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