Big chance ... Michael Spaseski.

Big chance ... Michael Spaseski. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Michael Spaseski usually spends his days getting his hands dirty working for his family's landscaping business.

But the 23-year-old's next project is helping the Prime Minister's XI continue England's horror Australian summer.

The Eastlake and ACT Comets batsman has been rewarded for a breakout season with a dream call-up alongside fast bowling great Brett Lee for Tuesday's one-day fixture against an England XI at Manuka Oval.

Spaseski has been in red-hot form at club and representative levels, scoring more than 850 runs at an average of more than 60 in the Canberra first-grade competition and the Futures League.

He narrowly pipped left-arm orthodox spinner Shane Devoy for the spot designated for an ACT player. Devoy has been named 12th man.

The rest of the PM's XI team will be announced on Thursday.

Spaseski, who is an Eastlake junior and a product of St Edmund's College, has attended many PM's XI games over the years.

He is still coming to terms with realising he will go from watching the action from the stands to swinging the willow in the middle.

''I'm thrilled about it, especially after the 5-0 whitewash England has been given,'' he said. ''It'd be nice to come out here and give them another flogging.

''I remember coming here as a 10 and 12-year-old watching games. If you were to tell me back then I'd be playing in 10 years, I would've told you I don't believe you. But I've got the opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.''

The PM's XI game has, in recent years, helped ACT players to the next step on the cricketing ladder.

Comets captain Jono Dean belted 51 from 40 balls against the West Indies last year, which led to a contract with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Ben Oakley (Strikers), Ryan Carters (Sydney Thunder/NSW) and Jason Behrendorff (Perth Scorchers/Western Australia) are others who have graduated from the PM's XI game to state level.

''Canberra players aren't that far away from the big time, it's just about performing at the right time in front of the right people,'' Spaseski said.

''I've had talks with clubs inter-state, but we'll worry about that next year. An opportunity like this is massive.''

Spaseski credits his improvement this season to being more aggressive at the crease.

''The biggest thing for me is the intent to score,'' he said.

''I've been looking to score off every ball I've faced, and that's probably the one thing I've changed over the last few seasons.

''I was maybe a bit scared to play the bigger shots, and now I've gotten over that stage and I've realised to back myself and if I do get it it will go over the rope.''