England in Australia 2013 December 4, 2013

Brett Lee to captain Prime Minister's XI

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's batsmen will face retired international fast bowler Brett Lee one more time after he was named to captain the Prime Minister's XI in January. England will take on the Prime Minister's XI in a one-day match in Canberra on January 14, between the first and second one-day internationals, and while the rest of the side is yet to be named, Lee has been confirmed to lead it.

Lee, 37, last played for Australia in July last year on the ODI tour of England, but he announced his retirement when he flew home from that tour with a calf injury. However, he has remained active in Twenty20 tournaments since then and has again signed for the Sydney Sixers in this summer's BBL, meaning he will have played several games before taking on England.

"It's a great honour for me to be selected as captain of the Prime Minister's XI to take on England," Lee said. "I know first-hand how this important fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar can help propel the careers of young aspiring cricketers.

"I first played in the Prime Minister's XI against India in 1999. I was fortunate enough to take four wickets in that match, and less than three weeks later found myself on the biggest stage of all - playing at the MCG on Boxing Day in my first Test match for Australia. More than 14 years on, I'm proud to lead what I'm sure will be an emerging team of stars here next month at the magnificent Manuka Oval."

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  • Don on December 10, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @shaggy06: Johnson's test average is now 1.5 better than Lee's.

  • Damien on December 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @Shaggy076 while I agree the decision to select Brett Lee is a strange one, your rant against Lee is unjustified. I have no issue with Mitchell Johnson, but I do take exception to unjustified criticism of players. Statistically, Johnson and Lee have very similar Test records, while Lee was a far superior one day bowler. And using the excuse a player had other great players around him to denigrate his record is so lame. In the last year of Brett Lee's Test career, WITHOUT Warne and McGrath, his record is very good. And I don't recall anyone claiming Brett Lee to be a great bowler, just as no-one should be claiming Johnson is a great bowler. Both are/were very good Test bowlers who had their deficiencies, but both are worthy of being remembered for what they did achieve, very fine Test records.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Whats the friggin team? Grrrrr I have looked everywhere and cant find it.

  • Richard on December 4, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    PACERONE - not sure your "scowl" comment fits with any of those bowlers you mentioned, particularly Steyn and Broad. In fact, I only ever see scowls from messrs Siddle, Pattinson, Starc etc. Its almost becoming a pre-requisite for any young Australian bowler to adopt a scowl and give verbals after every delivery

    Brett Lee was a fast bowler, but any lack of a scowl was offset by the ridiculous skip/jump he does after each wicket. Can't say I'm looking forward to his fist pumping Leyton-esque prancing around... but then, I wouldnt expect him to take many wickets either

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    "I'm proud to lead what I'm sure will be an emerging team of stars" Well, except for the captain, they will be. Not downplaying Brett Lee's contribution to Australian cricket over the past decade and a bit. But what a ridiculous step it is to make him captain of the PM XI. Why not give the next wave of cricketers a chance to shine instead of a 37yo T20 player. I am sure there are legends games that Lee could play in.

  • Android on December 4, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    I have been a fan of Brett since I his debut against India. Loved watching him bowl. I gained a lot of respect for him after reading his autobiography and knowing what he is doing in India. Great guy and a wonderful human being.

  • Graham on December 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    I find the love for Lee and hatred for Johnson confusing. Statistically Johnson has had the better career and done it without Warne and McGrath. Lee was a decent bowler, but by no means great. I find this decision very confusing I would have thought we would be better served by giving an up and coming cricketer experience at leadership, there is no value for Australian cricket in giving the leadership to a retired player.

  • Richard on December 4, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Lee was the last of the good guys, Gilly the penultimate. Probably Dougy Walters before him. Can't see any more emerging under the current regime.

  • Cameron on December 4, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    He will run through them.

  • Ayush on December 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Brett rocks he will always rock

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