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Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey will captain the Prime Minister’s XI in their match against England at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 14.
Hussey is the latest Australian legend to be bestowed with the honour of leading the Prime Minister’s XI after Ricky Ponting captained the team in 2012 and Brett Lee led the side last summer.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be selected to captain the Prime Minister’s XI,” Hussey said. “Having played in the Prime Minister’s XI before, I know how important this fixture is on the Australian cricketing calendar, and it is a great tradition. In the past two years Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee have been captains of the team, so it’s humbling to follow in the footsteps of two icons of Australian cricket.”
The match will take place four days before the start of the ODI tri-series, which will involve England, Australia and India.
“This summer of cricket is the biggest in Canberra’s history, and the Prime Minister’s XI match is a key element of that,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. “Last summer, more than 12,000 people poured through the gates for the match, so we urge all ACT and regional cricket fans to secure their tickets now to avoid missing out.”
It has also been announced that the official charity partner for the match will be Stand Tall for PTS, which was founded by former Australia pace bowler Tony Dell. The charity aims to raise awareness and help those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.