PM's XI skipper Brett Lee has backed Jackson Bird to trouble England at Manuka Oval.

PM's XI skipper Brett Lee has backed Jackson Bird to trouble England at Manuka Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Fast bowling great Brett Lee has backed Jackson Bird to continue England's miserable summer and use the Prime Minister's XI game as a stepping stone back to the national side.

The former Australian speedster will partner with Bird, Ben Cutting and Alister McDermott in a formidable four-pronged pace-attack in front of a sold-out crowd at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

Evergreen batsman Brad Hodge is another notable inclusion in the invitational side in a sign the 39-year-old could be considered for the Twenty20 World Cup in April. Hodge is just one of four specialist batsmen in a PM's team selected with a strong emphasis on pace.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brett Lee at Manuka Oval.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brett Lee at Manuka Oval.

Bird has been touted as a potential option for next month's three-Test tour to South Africa after making an eye-catching comeback from a back injury with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.

Lee has no doubt the reliable right-armer can put himself into the frame to add to his tally of three Tests with a strong performance against the Poms.

''He's a world-class bowler and hopefully this game with the PM's XI can put him on the world stage again,'' Lee said. ''He's done well for the Stars and he's feeling fit and energetic again.

''When you think of Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting and Alister McDermott, it looks like a very impressive bowling attack.''

McDermott, 22, is the son of former quick Craig McDermott while Cutting has played three ODIs and two T20 internationals and is a noted big hitter in the lower order.

Lee will turn out for the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers on Friday night before flying to Melbourne for commentary duties on the first one-day international at the MCG on Sunday.

He's champing at the bit to get among the English batsmen after his session with celebrity Piers Morgan during the Boxing Day Test. ''For me it's a really good opportunity to have one last crack at the Poms,'' Lee said. ''It'll be interesting to see how they play the Sunday day-nighter in Melbourne.

''They've had a pretty ordinary summer, so I reckon they'll come out with pure aggression.''

Hodge has been rewarded for his outstanding form for the Stars, showing he's got a bit left to offer Australia in the shortest format of the game.

''What the Australian panel have done now is that no one is ever out of the game,'' Lee said.

''You look at Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin, they've showed age is no factor anymore. I think it was a factor a few years ago with different people in charge.

''Since Darren Lehmann's come in, he wants to make sure if you're good enough, no matter if you're 18 years of age or 36, it doesn't matter.''

The game is close to being sold out, with about 200 tickets to be released over the next few days.

PM's XI squad for match against England at Manuka Oval on Tuesday, January 14, 2.20pm: Brett Lee (captain), Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting, Peter Handscomb, Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Luke Pomersbach, Clive Rose, Michael Spaseski, Shane Devoy (12th man).