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Aussies pick young PM's XI for Lanka match

Perth, Jan 21 (UNI) With a view to blood youngsters for the future, Australian selectors has picked a young Prime Minister's XI squad that will take on Sri Lanka on January 30.

''This year's side has a good mix of experience and youth to take on what will possibly be a full-strength Sri Lankan team,'' Australia's Chairman of Selectors Andrew Hilditch said.

''Players are always excited about being selected to play in the PM's XI and will be keen to perform well against the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga,'' he added.

He expressed confidence that the team will give the Lankans a run for their money,''Ben Hilfenhaus, Ashley Noffke and Luke Pomersbach round out the list of players who, along with White, have played at the highest level for Australia and will be hoping to impress again.

''Their selection is well deserved recognition of the outstanding season being enjoyed by Australia's exciting young talent. I am sure all players will enjoy the challenge of playing against Sri Lanka.'' Victoria all-rounder Cameron White who will captain the side, was confident his team will put up a good show.

''I've had the chance to see most of these players first hand and I am sure the likes of Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh and David Hussey will hold up well against some of the world's best bowlers,'' he said.


Story first published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 21:04 [IST]
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