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Lyon chosen to lead Prime Minister's XI against England

Nathan Lyon has been in terrific form in ongoing Big Bash League
Nathan Lyon has been in terrific form in ongoing Big Bash League
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Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been given a chance to redeem himself in the limited overs format for Australia after he was named the captain of the Prime Minster's XI team to take on England in the tour game in Canberra.

The game has been scheduled on 2nd February ahead of the Twenty20 International tri-series that also involves the hosts Australia and New Zealand.

The 30-year-old has been pivotal in Australia claiming a 4-0 series win in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia at home and has been the vital cog in the baggy green's Test set up.

However, he could not achieve the same success in the limited overs format after featuring in just 13 One-Day Internationals and a solitary T20I for Australia with the team management opting for Adam Zampa as their lead spinner.

Former wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin has been appointed as the head coach of the team.

The news was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who also revealed the fixture between ACT XI and Hong Kong side.

"We have had an excellent summer of cricket already with the Ashes series and Big Bash League attracting huge crowds and I’m sure that this match will be no exception,” Prime Minister Turnbull said.

“It’s pleasing to get Nathan and Brad on-board to lead the team, and the match will be a great opportunity for people from around Canberra to see some of our best young cricketers in action.

“Most importantly, the match will help raise funds for the Lord’s Taverners who do a fantastic job in helping young and disadvantaged cricketers and athletes to pursue their sporting dreams.”

Meanwhile, Lyon expressed delight about the opportunity to lead Prime Minster's XI side against England.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be selected to captain the Prime Minister’s XI and captain alongside the likes of past greats including Brett Lee, Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting,” said Lyon.

“Obviously Manuka Oval holds a special place in my heart and I really look forward to the challenge of taking on England in the T20 format with what I’m sure will be an exciting group of players.”

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