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Langer to lead Prime Minister's XI

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2009 13:04 IST

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Former Australian opener Justin Langer will lead the Prime Minister XI against New Zealand in a one-day cricket match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 29.

The team announced by Cricket Australia on Tuesday with inputs from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also includes young New South Wales opener Phillip Hughes and Michael Klinger, who have been in terrific form in domestic circuit this season.

"Having a great Australian cricketer like Justin leading the PM's XI will not only add great interest in the event but it will be fantastic to have him lead a group of young and talented Australian cricketers," National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said.

"There has been quite a lot of change in the Australian team in the last couple of years and this game provides yet another opportunity for young Australian players to push their case for selection.

"Michael Klinger and Phillip Hughes have both been in terrific form in domestic cricket with both batsmen among the top three run-scorers in the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield. Phillip has gained the attention of the selectors at the top of the order while Michael is also one of the leading run getters in the Ford Ranger Cup," he added.