Cricket Australia today announced the Prime Ministerâ€™s XI that will play the West Indies on 2 December 2005 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
The team will be captained by Australian opening batsmen Justin Langer and was selected by Cricket Australiaâ€™s National Selection Panel with input from the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard MP.
The team is:
Justin Langer (c) (WA)
Travis Birt (TAS)
Doug Bollinger (NSW)
Adam Crosthwaite (VIC)
David Dawson (TAS)
Brett Dorey (WA)
Callum Ferguson (SA)
Phil Jaques (NSW)
Mitchell Johnson (QLD)
Chris Simpson (QLD)
Adam Voges (WA)
Michael Shaw (ACT) 12th man and Super Sub
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It will be the eighth time the Prime Ministerâ€™s XI will play the West Indies, with the home teamâ€™s record at four wins, one loss, one draw and one tie.
The Prime Ministerâ€™s XI played its first ever match against the touring West Indies in October 1951, a match that included names such as Sam Loxton, Neil Harvey and Bill Oâ€™Reilly.
The last time the two sides met was in December 2000, where the Prime Ministerâ€™s XI won by four wickets.
The current side contains ex comet and current Tasmanian number three and keeper, dave dawson who has been in excellent form in both the Pura and ING cup. Others to watch out for are young leftie tear away quick Mitchell Johnson and NSW opener Phil Jaques who I will predict will play for Australia within three years.