PM’s XI an audition for T20 World Cup
Peter Siddle believes the upcoming Prime Minister’s XI fixture looms as an important audition for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup.
Siddle and Dan Christian will co-captain the PM’s XI in a T20 clash against Sri Lanka in Canberra next Thursday,
Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie will coach the 12-man Australian side, which will be made up of five internationals and a number of emerging stars.
Siddle and Christian will be joined by fellow internationals Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting and Fawad Ahmed.
Self-proclaimed sports nut Scott Morrison drops a sitter. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/GettySource:Getty Images
Domestic players Jordan Silk, Jason Sangha and Chris Green have all earned selection in the team.
Siddle said all players would be keen to impress with next year’s T20 world cup not far away.
“There’s a few guys in this squad trying to get in that World Cup squad for later next year and be a part of that,” Siddle said.
“This is the start of it, they might have missed out on selection for the Australian summer but this is another opportunity for them to try to perform and put their name up there.
Howard embarrassing the nation in Pakistan.Source:News Corp Australia
“It makes it exciting that in the squad that has been picked, there's probably a handful of guys looking to get selection in the World Cup and are probably a legitimate chance of getting the call-up.
“It's going to be a good hit out for everyone, not just the young guys in the squad, but a few of the older guys that are a chance of getting selected.”
Siddle said he was expecting to face a full-strength Sri Lankan outfit.
“We get to play a Twenty20 here against Sri Lanka to start the summer and then they go into the series against Australia,” he said.
“That shows the importance of it for the touring side.
“They are going to be taking it seriously because it is their tour match for the start of their international campaign here. That makes it exciting.”
Originally published asPM’s XI an audition for T20 World Cup