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Chairman's XI v Sri Lanka, Adelaide

Ronchi in charge for tour opener

Cricinfo staff

October 25, 2007

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Luke Ronchi, who was squeezed out of Western Australia's squad, has the responsibility of leading the Chairman's XI © Getty Images
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Australia's selectors have cast an eye to the future with their Chairman's XI for Sri Lanka's first warm-up match in Adelaide starting on Saturday. The side for the three-day match is made up of those who were not picked for the round of state games and has focussed on youth.

Ronchi, the aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman, missed out on Western Australia's Pura Cup team to face Victoria due to Adam Gilchrist's return, but he has the chance to shine as captain of the XI. Ronchi's team-mate Aaron Heal, the left-arm slow bowler, will also play after making way for Brad Hogg while Mick Lewis, the veteran of the group at 33, will be back in Adelaide following a successful domestic trip with Victoria's one-day side last week.

Doug Bollinger has been included after being pushed out by Brett Lee and Stuart Clark at New South Wales, who are hosting Queensland from Friday. He was overlooked by the Blues despite taking eight wickets in the Pura Cup win over Western Australia.

South Australia have four representatives in Cullen Bailey, Australia's back-up legspinner who missed the state's trip to Hobart, Paul Rofe, Tom Plant and Callum Ferguson. The match was hastily arranged following a request from the Sri Lankan management, which felt one warm-up was not enough ahead of the two-Test series in Brisbane from November 8.

Chairman's XI Lloyd Mash, Greg Moller, Phillip Hughes, Luke Ronchi (capt, wk), Callum Ferguson, Tom Plant, Cullen Bailey, Doug Bollinger, Aaron Heal, Mick Lewis, Paul Rofe.

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