Michael Hussey to lead PM’s XI against New Zealand

Canberra, Oct 19 (IANS) Australian batting great Michael Hussey will make a comeback to the cricket field when he will lead the Prime Minister’s XI against New Zealand in a one-day pink ball match at the Manuka Oval here on Friday.

A 12-man squad was announced with Hussey being joined by his brother David in the side, with the pair playing together, perhaps, for the final time. The side will feature emerging talent along with existing and former international stars.

Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges will bring strength to the batting line up.

“This is one of the strongest Prime Minister’s XI sides we have selected in recent years. The Prime Minister’s XI match is a very important occasion on the Australian cricket calendar and this year it takes on added significance as it marks the very start of our international summer,” Cricket Australia (CA) national selector Rodney Marsh said.

Prime Minister’s XI squad: Michael Hussey (captain), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, David Hussey, Ryan Carters (wicketkeeper), Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle, Jason Behrendorff, Mark Steketee, Ben Taylor (12th man).

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