Sydney: Australia Test spinner Nathan Lyon will captain the Prime Minister's XI against England in a Twenty20 match in Canberra next month, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.
Lyon played a leading role in Australia's 4-0 Ashes Test series win over England, playing in all five Tests and capturing 21 wickets at 29.23.
Lyon is Australia's most successful off-spinner with 290 Test wickets.
"It's a tremendous honour to be selected to captain the Prime Minister's XI and captain alongside the likes of past greats including Brett Lee, Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting," Lyon said.
Former Test wicket-keeper Brad Haddin will coach the PM XI for the match at Manuka Oval on 2 February.
Cricket Australia also confirmed that the match will become a T20 double-header, with the ICC’s 15th-ranked Hong Kong to take on an ACT XI at Manuka Oval on the same day.
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The process of nomination, however, remains the same where a current Board of Director nominates a candidate and is seconded by another director.
Based on those matches till March, the final positions on the points table could be computed based on the percentage of points the teams have won from the matches that they've contested.
The tournament will be played between 21 November and 13 December at two venues — Pallekele and Hambantota. A total of 23 matches will be played in all.