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Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday, Prime Minister (PM) XI lineup that will take on Pakistan in a four-day red ball match at Manuka Oval from 6-9 December 2023.

The PM XI features six Test-capped players Cameron Green, Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser and Matthew Renshaw.

The four-day practice match will also serve as a vital opportunity for Australian players such as Cameron Green to try and reclaim his spot in the national team.

The 24-year-old all-rounder will be desperate to find himself among runs and wickets when Australia’s PM XI take on Pakistan in Canberra.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated that he, alongside, CA Chair of Selectors George Bailey, selected experienced players to face Pakistan, who are on the cusp of Test selection.

“The Prime Minister’s XI has a rich history within Australian Cricket, and I am delighted to confirm the squad to face Pakistan next month,” said Albanese.

“George Bailey, Tony Dodemaide and I have selected an experienced squad of players who are on the cusp of Test selection.

“I want to congratulate Nathan McSweeney on the honour of being named as captain. I know he’ll lead the side expertly and within the traditions and spirit of this great fixture.”

The match returns to a four-day red ball fixture after last year’s day/night pink ball match against the West Indies and will be played in the week leading up to the first Test of the Men’s NRMA Insurance Test Series in Perth.

It will be the third time Pakistan will face the PM XI after matches in 1990 and 2005 while Mr Albanese is the 10th Prime Minister to lead the team.

Prime Minister Albanese expressed his anticipation for the encounter and acknowledged Pakistan’s cricketing prowess.

“Pakistan is such a proud cricketing nation.

“I’ve previously loved watching players like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis steaming in with the new ball, so I’m excited the PM’s XI will face the talented Pakistan squad in Canberra.

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