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Lee to skipper Aussie PM side

Former Australia paceman Brett Lee will captain the Australia Prime Minister's XI against England in the traditional Canberra clash on January 14.

Jackson Bird and Brad Hodge are also in an XI that contains a mixture of new talent and experience.

Australia PM Tony Abbott said: "It is an honour to announce the squad to take on England in next week's Prime Minister's XI match.

"After such an extraordinary Ashes win by the Australian Cricket team, I am looking forward to what should be another great day in our summer of cricket."

National Selection Panel Chairman John Inverarity added: "This match is a special fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar. Brett Lee and Brad Hodge bring leadership and experience to the team and will be great drawcards.

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"Chris Lynn has been in excellent form this season in all forms of the game. Jackson Bird is recovering well from injury and we are keen to increase his workload.

"We have also been pleased with the progress of left-arm orthodox spinner Clive Rose, who has performed well for Tasmania in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.

"ACT local Michael Spaseski is a promising young batsman and provides a great cricketing story. He is a first generation Australian of Macedonian parents, who knew nothing about cricket when they first came to Australia.

"We have every confidence that this team will perform well and that the players selected will represent the Prime Minister's XI with pride."

Prime Minister's XI: Brett Lee (capt), Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting, Peter Handscomb (wk), Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Luke Pomersbach, Clive Rose, Michael Spaseski, Shane Devoy (12th man)