Sport Jason Gillespie to coach PM's XI squad to take on Sri Lanka

07:20  15 october  2019
07:20  15 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The full Prime Minister's XI squad has finally been confirmed ahead of their one-off T20 match against Sri Lanka.

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie will coach the 12-man squad for their match on the 24th of October at Manuka Oval.

Earlier this month, Australian internationals Peter Siddle and Dan Christian were announced as co-captains of the PM's XI.

The full squad features five internationals and a number of promising young talents who are likely to give Sri Lanka a tough test.

Siddle and Christian will be joined by fellow internationals Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting and Fawad Ahmed.

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Prolific domestic players Jordan Silk, Jason Sangha and Chris Green have all earned selection in the team.

The squad is rounded out by Harry Nielsen, Dan Fallins, Djali Bloomfield and Daniel Leerdam as 12th man.

Siddle has said he is very excited by the prospect of co-captaining the team along with his good mate Dan Christian.

"It should be good fun, co-captain, I've never done that before," Siddle said.

"I'll toss the coin and if I win it looks good, and then at the end, if I lose it they would have called heads or tails, I can't lose."

Siddle also believes that the match is a great opportunity for young talent to make a name for themselves, highlighting young ACT bowler Djali Bloomfield from the squad.

"It looks like a pretty good squad, any side with DC [Dan Christian] and Chris Lynn is pretty exciting," Siddle said.

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"I don't know much about Djali but I've heard he bowls fast and bowls some good yorkers so sounds perfect for the T20 game."

The game will be Sri Lanka's only warm-up before they take on Australia in a best-of-three T20 series starting on the 27th of October at the Adelaide Oval.

"It's the true start to the Australian summer in a way," Siddle said.

"It's been the game the touring team would play to kickstart their international season.

"That shows the importance of it for the touring side, it makes it exciting.

"The [PM's XI] side that's been picked, there's probably a handful of guys that are looking to get selection in the [T20] World Cup and probably are a legitimate chance of maybe getting the call-up."

2019-20 Prime Minister's XI squad:

Dan Christian (VIC) - co-captain

Peter Siddle (VIC) - co-captain

Harry Nielsen (SA) - wicketkeeper

Jordan Silk (TAS)

Chris Lynn (QLD)

Jason Sangha (NSW)

Ben Cutting (QLD)

Chris Green (NSW)

Dan Fallins (NSW)

Djali Bloomfield (ACT)

Fawad Ahmed (VIC)

Daniel Leerdam (ACT) - 12th man

Jason Gillespie - Coach

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