Sri Lanka to tackle young Australian guns

MELBOURNE, Jan 21, 2008 (AFP) – A number of Australian Test hopefuls will get the chance to stake their claim for higher honours when they play for the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka on January 30 at Canberra’s Manuka Oval. Cricket Australia Monday announced a strong squad for the match and included in the side are a handful of players who have already tasted international cricket in some form, along with several being touted as future Australia players.

All-rounder Cameron White, who has played 16 one-day internationals and has an Australian contract, will lead the side, with fellow Victorian David Hussey as his deputy.

The latter is the brother of Australian star Mike Hussey and has been in spectacular form in domestic cricket this year, particularly in Twenty20 matches for his state.

Hussey is one of a number of players in the team pushing for national selection, along with contracted Tasmanian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, who has played one-day cricket for Australia, Queensland paceman Ashley Noffke and a trio of young West Australian batsmen in Luke Pomersbach, Shaun Marsh and Luke Ronchi.

Pomersbach was plucked out of the crowd to play in the Twenty20 international against New Zealand at the WACA las