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Six Sixers selected in PM's XI

30 January 2018

No less than six Sydney Sixers have been selected in the Prime Minister's XI side for the Twenty20 fixture against England at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on 2 February.

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.