Posted By Staff Reporter
Papua New Guinea star Lega Siaka has been named in the Prime Minister's XI side captained by Michael Hussey.
Siaka, 22, is contracted to the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said "his selection highlights PNG's growth as a cricketing nation".
"Lega scored a century for Papua New Guinea in their first ever one-day international series in November when they defeated Hong Kong, and he is a confident young batsman who will excite the fans," Marsh said.
The team will play England in a one-dayer at Manuka Oval on Wednesday next week and also includes returning paceman Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell.
"Pat has been in excellent form bowling fast for the Sydney Thunder this summer, while Glenn can electrify the crowd with his daring and aggressive stroke play," Marsh said.
The team has a decidedly western feel with five of the 12-man squad representing Western Australia at some level.
The youngest member of the team, Jake Doran, will be the team's wicketkeeper despite the presence of Victorian gloveman Peter Handscomb.
"I think we all realise what a great talent Jake is, and his selection will provide another opportunity for him to continue his development," Marsh said.
ACT Comets player Matt Condon is the other 18-year-old in the side.