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Lee to captain Prime Minister's XI against England

Former Australia bowler Brett Lee will captain a Prime Minister’s XI to face England in a day/night one-day game in Canberra.

The 37-year-old played 221 one-day internationals for his country - taking 380 wickets - and will lead the side to play England on Tuesday 14 January, between the first and second ODIs that follow the Ashes series.

Veteran fast bowler Brett Lee, who has been named captain of a Prime Minister's XI to face England, pictured celebrating one of the 380 one-day international wickets that he took for Australia“It's a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister's XI to take on England," said Lee.

"I know first-hand how this important fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar can help propel the careers of young, aspiring cricketers.

"I first played in the Prime Minister's XI against India in 1999. I was fortunate enough to take four wickets in that match, and less than three weeks later found myself on the biggest stage of all playing at the MCG on Boxing Day in my first Test match for Australia.

"More than 14 years on, I'm proud to lead what I'm sure will be an emerging team of stars here next month at the magnificent Manuka Oval.”

The rest of the team will be selected by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel with input from the Prime Minister, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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