Rogers replaces Hussey as captain of Prime Minister’s XI

"It's a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister's XI to take on England"

“It’s a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister’s XI to take on England”

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Australia Test opener Chris Rogers will captain the Prime Minister’s XI when they take on England in Canberra on Wednesday after former batsman Michael Hussey succumbed to a calf injury.

Hussey suffered the injury while playing for the Sydney Thunder in their Big Bash League (BBL) match against the Hobart Hurricanes on Friday.

“It’s a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister’s XI to take on England,” Rogers said. “This is an important fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar and is steeped in tradition. I’m looking forward to following in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and others in leading this PM’s XI under lights at Manuka Oval.”

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott added: “It is disappointing that Mike Hussey won’t be available to take his place as Captain on Wednesday but I wish him a speedy recovery from his injury. I am pleased that Chris Rogers has accepted the invitation to take Mike’s place as captain. Chris has a wealth of international and domestic experience and after a successful Test series he is well placed to lead the team.”

Prime Minister’s XI Squad: Chris Rogers (capt), Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Matt Condon, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran (wk), Peter Handscomb, Simon Mackin, Glenn Maxwell, David Moody, Lega Siaka, Mac Wright (12th man)

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