PM's XI vs. England XI, Ashes Tour Match: Date, Time and Preview

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Michael Clarke congratulates Aaron Finch of Australia after he scored 100 runs during game one of the one day international series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 12, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
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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.


ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Brett Lee of the Strikers is pictured during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval on January 5, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
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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.

The tourists made 269-7 from their 50 overs thanks to 79 from Gary Ballance, 50 from Eoin Morgan and late fireworks from Jos Buttler and Tim Bresnan.

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.

For Australia, Clint McKay had the most bowling success with 3-44 in 10 overs, with one apiece for Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, Xavier Doherty and James Faukner.

In reply, the hosts started brilliantly with the bat as Aaron Finch and David Warner hammered a 163-run opening partnership inside the first 28 overs.

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.

None of England’s bowlers went at fewer than five runs per over, although Chris Jordan will be encouraged by the superb delivery he bowled to remove Shane Watson for a duck.

This team is the first to be selected by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who succeeded Kevin Rudd in 2013.

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.


Team News

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.


Key Players

Brad Hodge

He may be in the latter stages of his career, but 39-year-old Brad Hodge still clings to the hope of an international recall and is hopeful of making Australia’s World Twenty20 squad.

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.

Gary Ballance

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.