Prime Minister’s XI announced

Her Majesty’s Prime Minister of Australia suffered a setback this morning as his captain pulled out afer sustaining a shoulder injury while fielding for South Australia.

Veteran ‘fast’ bowler Jason Gillespie sustained the injury in Adelaide against New South Wales.

Gillespie was widely expected to be passed over for the Ashes following his poor preformance in England last year. In his absence the side will be captained by Cameron White, who has just played a very strong season with Somerset.

Alongside White, the Rt. Hon. John Howard has selected three other internationally capped players to face England: Mark Cosgrove, Shaun Tait and Phil Jaques all having earned their spurs.

Australia’s chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, described White as “a good young player who has had an excellent season in England and this gives him an opportunity to show his quality.”

Friday’s encounter in Canberra will be the 10th time a Prime Minister’s XI has taken on England, with England’s record standing at three wins and six losses.

The first of these clashes was played between the Prime Minister’s XI and the Marylebone Cricket Club. MCC won the match by 31 runs with the respective captains being Lindsay Hassett and Len Hutton.

The last time these two sides met was in 2002, when the Mark Waugh led the PM’s XI to a four wicket victory.

Prime Minister’s XI Squad

Player

State

Age

Cameron White (c)

VIC

23

Travis Birt

TAS

24

Mark Cosgrove

SA

22

Ben Hilfenhaus

TAS

23

Phil Jaques

NSW

27

Shaun Marsh

WA

23

Tim Paine

TAS

21

Adam Pritchard

ACT

19

Shaun Tait

SA

23

Adam Voges

WA

27

Mark Divin

ACT

26

(12th man TBA)

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