Sixers off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been named captain of the side and will be joined by fellow Sixers Sean Abbott, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson following their impressive performances in magenta during BBL|07.
The full squad is as follows:
Prime Minister’s XI - Squad
Nathan Lyon - Sydney Sixers (C)
Sean Abbott - Sydney Sixers
Brendan Doggett - Brisbane Heat
James Faulkner - Melbourne Stars
Sebastian Gotch - Melbourne Stars
Peter Handscomb - Melbourne Stars
Moises Henriques - Sydney Sixers
Daniel Hughes - Sydney Sixers
Nic Maddinson - Sydney Sixers
Peter Nevill - Sydney Sixers
Mitchell Swepson - Brisbane Heat
12th – Blake MacDonald, ACT
Commenting on the announcement, the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister’s XI match is an exciting fixture that I always look forward to – and this year is an opportunity to witness some of Australia’s established stars alongside the best young players.”
National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said:
"It's pleasing to put together a really strong side to represent the Prime Minister's XI, this is one of the most experienced teams we've assembled for this clash in a number of years,” Chappell said.
"Nathan Lyon gives this team plenty of leadership, with the support of Brad Haddin as coach. It's pleasing to have a number of other players in this squad with international experience, including Peter Handscomb, Peter Nevill and James Faulkner.
"It's also a great opportunity for a number of players in superb form in the Big Bash League, including Nic Maddinson and emerging talents such as Mitchell Swepson and Brendan Doggett.
"We're confident this team can give England a real test ahead of the T20 Tri-Series."
The 12th man for the match will be ACT teenager Blake McDonald, a right-hand batsman who captained the ACT/NSW Country under 19 squad last season.
The match is a double-header, with the ICC’s 15th ranked nation Hong Kong to take on an ACT XI at Manuka Oval on the same day at 2:30pm.