England’s tour of Australia continues with a match against a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, sandwiched between the first two One-Day Internationals.
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date: Tuesday, January 14 2013
Start time: 3:20 a.m. GMT
Live on: Not Available
Weather: According to AccuWeather, Canberra promises to be very hot and sunny as the heat wave continues. Temperatures will get up to a sweltering 37 degrees Celsius.
The start of England’s ODI series against Australia brought no respite from the losses, as they were defeated by six wickets on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
England had made a bad start and found themselves only 28-2 after the first 10 overs, and their eventual total of 269 was regarded as only a par score on a good batting wicket.
Warner was dismissed for 65, but Michael Clarke scored 43 to ensure Australia’s reply kept up its momentum.
Finch was the star batsman though, as he continued on his rampage against England’s bowlers before finally being removed for 121 from 128 balls.
George Bailey was joined by Maxwell to see the Australians home for the loss of just four wickets to take a comfortable victory.
Usually a game for up-and-coming players, this PM’s XI is no different, with Brett Lee captaining an inexperienced side.
Also in the squad is Brad Hodge, the 39-year-old Twenty20 specialist looking for an international recall, and the highly-rated bowlers Ben Cutting and Jackson Bird—both of whom have played international cricket.
Prime Minister’s XI: Brett Lee (capt), Luke Pomersbach, Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Peter Handscomb (wk), Michael Spaseski, Ben Cutting, James Muirhead, Clive Rose, Jackson Bird, Alister McDermott, Shane Devoy (12th man)
England (from): Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
A Twenty20 specialist for just over two years now, the right-handed batsman is one of the senior players in a young PM’s XI squad and will be looking to press home his case for international inclusion once again.
In England’s first ODI against Australia, Gary Ballance showed why he is so highly rated with 79 from 96 balls to top-score for the tourists.
He will be looking to maintain this form against the PM’s XI, and if he does so England will be far more likely to build a large total with the bat.