Hussey to lead powerful Prime Ministers XI


Former Australia international Mike Hussey will lead a powerful Prime Minister team when they take on New Zealand in a tour match in Canberra on Friday.

The team includes batsmen Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Bancroft and Adam Voges who are all in contention to face the Black Caps in the first Test in Brisbane starting on 5 November.

The bowling attack will be led by Test incumbent Peter Siddle while Jason Behrendorff and spinner Ashton Agar will look to impress against the tourists.

National selector Rodney Marsh said: "This is one of the strongest Prime Minister's XI sides we have selected in recent years.

"We know New Zealand will be looking for immediate success in their first match on Australian soil since the ICC Cricket World Cup final which Australia won convincingly.

"We have chosen a very strong line-up which will benefit from the experience of players such as the Hussey brothers, Adam Voges and Peter Siddle."

The Aussies will host the Black Caps in three Tests, including the first day/night Test which will be played in Adelaide on 27 November.