Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel have today announced a further five players to represent the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka.
The five players will join co-captains Peter Siddle and Dan Christian for the Twenty20 match under lights at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Thursday 24 October.
Headlining the additions is Australian One Day and T20 International representative and Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn. One of Australia’s most explosive white ball cricketers, Lynn boasts a T20 career record of 4425 runs at a strike rate of 141.96 and shapes as a major drawcard for the fixture.
Joining Lynn in the top order will be young NSW and Sydney Thunder batsman Jason Sangha. Fresh from a breakout 2018-19 season, Sangha will look to build his case for higher honours with a strong performance against Sri Lanka.
Australian One Day and T20 International representative and new Perth Scorchers signing Fawad Ahmed has been selected as the senior spin bowler in the side. Ahmed’s inspiring story is well known, immigrating to Australia from his native Pakistan, obtaining citizenship and going on to play for his country, win multiple domestic titles with Victoria and claim more than 200 first-class wickets.
Joining Ahmed to form a potent leg spin duo is Daniel Fallins. Hailing from the Sutherland Shire, situated within Prime Minister Morrison’s electorate of Cook, Fallins recently forced his way back into the NSW Blues’ Marsh One-Day Cup side and plays for Sutherland Cricket Club in NSW Premier Cricket.
Local ACT product and right-arm fast bowler Djali Bloomfield has also received a well-earned call-up for the match. Bloomfield has impressed selectors with his promising performances at club level and is the first local player selected in the playing XI for four years. A proven T20 bowler, Bloomfield will showcase the next generation of Canberra cricketing talent on the national stage.
Commenting on the selections for the Prime Minister’s XI, CA National Talent & Pathway Manager Graham Manou said:
“We’re pleased to confirm five more players to represent in the Prime Minister’s XI that will face Sri Lanka.
“There is an excellent mixture of experience and youth among this group. We anticipate that emerging players such as Djali Bloomfield, Daniel Fallins and Jason Sangha will take great benefit from appearing alongside the likes of Chris Lynn and Fawad Ahmed.
“The squad has been selected with attacking, positive cricket in mind. We’re confident these players will produce that, while remaining true to the traditions and values of the Prime Minister’s XI, under Peter Siddle and Dan Christian’s leadership.
“We look forward to announcing the remaining members of the squad and the coach shortly.”
The Prime Minister’s XI will play Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval on 24 October with play commencing at 7.10pm local time.