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Michael Beer to lead Australian Chairman's XI against England

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Cricket Australia (CA) has today announced a 12-player squad for the Chairman’s XI match against England on 29-30 November at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

The Chairman’s XI squad for the tour match is: Michael Beer (c), Steve Cazzulino, Jake Doran, Marcus Harris, Michael Hill, Alexander Keath, Josh Lalor, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Kane Richardson, Luke Robins, Ashton Turner

Commenting on the squad CA’s National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said: “This is an exciting squad. Each player has represented their state at senior level except for Jake Doran, who is just 16 years old and is one of the key members of our current Australian Under-19 squad that will compete in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai early next year.

“England has been one of the most successful international teams in recent years and the Chairman’s XI team contains some of the most exciting young cricketers in the country.

“Kane Richardson and Luke Robins are both products of the very successful youth development program in the Northern Territory, while Josh Lalor is one of two indigenous cricketers on state contract lists, with Daniel Christian being the other.

“This will be a great leadership opportunity for Captain Michael Beer, who made his Test debut for Australia at the previous home Ashes series in 2011, and at age 29 still has a lot to offer.

“This is a great opportunity to bring elite cricket to Alice Springs. Traeger Park is a high-class venue at which we expect top-class cricket will become a regular visitor,” Chappell said.

Northern Territory Minister for Sport and Tourism Matt Conlan said he hopes Northern Territory cricket fans will descend on Traeger Park in their thousands for the match.

“It’s been 13 years since the town last hosted an international cricket team and we can’t wait to see the England side in action against the Chairman’s XI,” Mr Conlan said.

“Territorians love their cricket and we’ve had a fantastic response with ticket sales so far and corporate packages also almost sold out for both days of the match.

“Having the England side visit will provide invaluable exposure for Central Australia in one of our biggest international tourism markets – the United Kingdom – and hopefully encourage more people to visit this incredible part of the world,” Mr Conlan said.

CA’s National Cricket Centre (NCC) Head Coach Troy Cooley will coach the side, with NCC High Performance Coach Graeme Hick as Assistant Coach. Chappell will accompany the side as Team Manager.