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Ricky Ponting to captain Prime Minister's XI

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Media release

Senator Kate Lundy Minister for Sport, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation

Friday, 11 January 2012

Ricky Ponting to captain Prime Minister’s XI

Former Captain of the Australian cricket team Ricky Ponting will lead the Prime Minister’s XI in its one-day match against the West Indies at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 29 January.

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy unveiled the full team line-up today on behalf of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“The Prime Minister’s team boasts an impressive array of abilities with the side featuring a great combination of new talent and experience,” Senator Lundy said.

“I’m sure the players will bowl us away in this high profile fixture.”

Senator Lundy was joined by chairman of Cricket ACT Ian McNamee to announce the 12-man squad for the 2013 Prime Minister’s XI:

 Ricky Ponting (Captain) TAS

 Brad Haddin (VC) NSW

 Fawad Ahmed VIC

 Jono Dean ACT

 Alex Doolan TAS

 James Faulkner TAS

 Peter Handscomb VIC

 Usman Khawaja QLD

 Kane Richardson SA

 Gurinder Sandhu NSW

 Ashton Turner WA

 Nick Winter (12th man) ACT

Senator Lundy said the Prime Minister’s XI was a highlight of Canberra’s sporting calendar and cricket fans were eagerly awaiting the game.

“We’ve had an exciting summer of cricket already and with the calibre of players in Prime Minister’s XI line-up it’s sure to be an impressive game for spectators to watch,” Senator Lundy said.

“The Prime Minister’s XI is a wonderful opportunity for Australia’s future cricket stars to play with cricket legends and test their skills against the world’s best.

“Thanks to a $2.5million dollar investment from the Gillard Labor Government to install new lights at Manuka Oval the match will be played into the evening for the first time in its history since the event started in 1951.

“It’s fantastic that in our centenary year Canberrans will be able to enjoy the Prime Minister’s XI under the lights and in a modern sporting stadium.”

Senator Lundy wished the team the best of luck and encouraged everyone to purchase a ticket and head down to Manuka Oval on 29 January to enjoy a great experience.

Media contact: Jessica Hill 0407 926 077