England captain Alastair Cook will play against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, saying his side needs to put a win on the board.
England won the toss and elected to bat in their 50-over tour match against the Prime Minister’s XI on Tuesday at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.
Alastair Cook will lead the team, saying he’s picked a strong side to get a win on the board.
England have struggled in their tour of Australia, losing the Ashes 5-0 and the first of five one-day internationals on Sunday.
“We need to win a game, and we’ve picked a strong side to do it,” he said.
PM’s XI captain Brett Lee said he woke up on Tuesday morning with a bad feeling his side would have to bowl in the 37 degree heat.
“But we’ll make the most of this brand new wicket,” Lee said.
Batsman Chris Lynn withdrew from the side on Monday, replaced by fellow Brisbane Heat squad member Ben McDermott – the brother of Alister and son of former Test paceman Craig.
Prime Minister’s XI: Brett Lee (capt), Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting, Peter Handscomb, Brad Hodge, Alister McDermott, Ben McDermott, James Muirhead, Luke Pomersbach, Clive Rose, Michael Spaseski, Shane Devoy (12th man).
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Michael Carberry, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Boyd Rankin.