Brett Lee selected to play for Prime Minister’s XI

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Brett Lee selected to play for Prime Minister’s eleven
Brett Lee, the Australian fast bowler has been named in the Prime Minister’s eleven, to play against the touring England team in Canberra. This will be a good sign for, just before the ICC World Cup 2011.
The opportunity provides Brett with a bid to cement his place in the 15-man squad, for the ICC World Cup 2011, in February. In the process, if the mercurial pacer proves his fitness and form, then he will be a definite candidate for the World cup selection.
The final squad for the cricket’s prestigious tournament will be announced on 19th January. Brett Lee, who is playing for a domestic side in a T20 competition, is about to make his comeback to international cricket. The last time he
played on the elite level was against, way back in September 2009.
On the other hand, he was picked for the ICC world T20 and was sent back home due to a serious shoulder injury. Afterwards, he announced his retirement from Test cricket, as injuries forced him to restrict himself to the limited overs version of the game.
Andrew Hilditch, the Chairman of selectors mentioned,
“The NSP has looked at this team obviously with an eye on the ICC World Cup knowing there are a number of players who are in line to make the final squad of 15.It is an exciting side that could well be a snapshot of an Australian outfit in years to come,
with the experience of Brett Lee playing the role of mentor, for our young bowlers”.
The team includes top-notch players like Callum Ferguson, Xavier Doherty, Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood. The President’s eleven will face the English side on 10th January, in a one day match. The team will be led by the Australian wicket keeper,
Tim Paine. Paine has been a regular member of the Australian squad, in the absence of Brad Haddin and has shown his capability to a greater extent, playing at the top level. Finger injury and the return of Haddin have been ruling Paine, out of the action.
Moreover, he hasn’t played domestic cricket off-late, so Cricket Australia is keen to see how Tim performs in the match against England. However, captaining the PM's side will provide him a fair chance in order to secure his place in the World Cup unit.



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