Adelaide: Brett Lee will captain the Prime Minister’s XI against England in Canberra next month,Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Lee is one of only four Australian bowlers to take more than 300 Test wickets. I know first-hand how this important fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar can help propel careers of young aspiring cricketers, Lee said.
I played in the Prime Minister’s XI against India in 1999 and was fortunate enough to take four wickets in that match. Less than three weeks later I 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. The rest of the team will be announced in the coming weeks. The day-night game will be played on January 14.
Bollinger,Coulter-Nile on standby for Perth
Adelaide: Australia have put fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for next week’s third Ashes test against England in Perth should any of the current pacemen break down during the second Test in Adelaide,starting on Thursday. We hope the fitness and form of current squad members leads to us having the same 12 for the Perth Test, national selector John Inverarity said. However,to ensure we are well prepared,Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger have been placed on standby for the Perth test which is to start on Friday 13 December. Left-armer James Faulkner is the fourth paceman in the current Australian 12-man squad.