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Live: Prime Minister's XI vs England

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The Prime Minister's XI take on England at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The crowd joins in on a mexican wave at the PM's XI game at Manuka oval, Canberra. Front L-R Denise Weisse and Mark Edmistone, both of Nicholls, Philip Stokes and Mitch Stokes, both of Brisbane. Click for more photos

Prime Minister's XI vs England

The crowd joins in on a mexican wave at the PM's XI game at Manuka oval, Canberra. Front L-R Denise Weisse and Mark Edmistone, both of Nicholls, Philip Stokes and Mitch Stokes, both of Brisbane. Photo: Melissa Adams

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That's the first time in the PM's XI history that they haven't made 100, unless you count the drawn game in 1986 when the PM's made 0-48 and New Zealand did not bat, which was obviously a rain-affected game...

And that is that! Brett Lee clean bowled for 12! All out for 92. That's a 172-run thrashing. Bopara ends with 4-4. Pretty comprehensive win that. But that's what happens when you have a limited player pool to pick from. Would've thought Brett Lee deserved better than that...

But then Bird is given out LBW off Bopara and he has 3-3! Bird gets a duck. Was a  bit unlucky, pushed forward, hit him on the front pad and could have been going over the top. 9-91

Over: 25. PM's 8-91

England at same point: 4-118

Brett Lee 12

Jackson Bird 0

Come in Binga! Smashes Rankin straight down the ground for four, then slogs him over the square leg boundary for a massive six into the Bradman stand before skying one in the same area only for it fall safely in between three English fielders...

Over: 24. PM's 8-78

England at same point: 4-109

Brett Lee 0

Jackson Bird 0

A nice little confidence boost here for Bopara. Is that all the PM's XI game will become? A confidence boost for the visiting team? Depends if they keep picking compromised sides like this and kowtowing to the Big Bash League...

And there goes Cutting, Bopara getting in on the wickets. Digs it in short, Cutting tries to pull it, but spoons it to mid-off where Root takes an easy catch. Cutting gone for 7, PM's 7-77.

If you think the PM's batting display has been ordinary it's almost been matched by the replays on the big screen here at Manuka. Never get to see a replay of the wicket. but you do get to see various angles of the wicket not happening...

Lucky as Muirhead (having his second innings - all previous Muirhead batting references were in fact Rose) just got clean bowled by a Bopara yorker. 8-78

Over: 23. PM's 6-76

England at same point: 4-101

Brett Lee 0

Ben Cutting 9

Over: 22. PM's 6-75

England at same point: 4-100

Brett Lee 0

Ben Cutting 8

So Brett Lee comes to the crease, he doesn't m ind swinging the willow. Or will he try to put some respectability into the scoreline?

The Benny Hill music kicks in in the media box as James Muirhead gets run out. Yes, no, yes, no, wait, sorry. Muirhead guided it to backward point and in the excitement both Cutting and Muirhead ended up at the striker's end. After the original throw by Morgan missed the stumps, Root backed it up and flicked it to the bowlers end for an easy out...6-74

Over: 21. PM's 5-74

England at same point: 4-100

James Muirhead 8

Ben Cutting 7

Great work by Rankin to get through his over unscathed, but the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe cramp warning in the vicinity of Manuka Oval given the giant Pom has bowled six overs today...

Over: 20. PM's 5-71

England at same point: 3-91

James Muirhead 5

Ben Cutting 7

Cutting obliging with a nice cut shot for four. And here comes Rankin back into the attack, looking a  bit ginger, doing some stretching before the next over, hopefully he doesn't get cramp...

Over: 19. PM's 5-62

England at same point: 3-88

James Muirhead 4

Ben Cutting 0

With the game all but gone, hopefully Cutting and Muirhead can try to replicate the lusty hitting of West Indies bowler Andre Russell from last year. Needing lots of runs quickly, Russell smashed 54 off just 24 balls to thrill the crowd...

Over: 18. PM's 5-58

England at same point: 2-82

James Muirhead 0

Ben Cutting 0

This PM's megatail isn't just going to have to wag, but thrash about like Godzilla's tail in one of those crazy Japanese movies...

And Spaseski's innings comes to an end. He tries to hook and Bresnan bouncer, but gets a top edge and it flies to fine leg where Tredwell takes the catch. Spaseski out for 13. Pm's 5-58...

Over: 17. PM's 4-58

England at same point: 2-79

Michael Spaseski 13

Ben Cutting 0

And that's all she wrote you'd think unless, Canberra's own Michael Spaseski can carry the PM's XI home. Hodge has been trying to hit some big shots, but hasn't quite got on to any...

And that could  be the game right there, just as Lleyton Hewitt loses an epic five-setter, Hodge looks to smash Tredwell over the midwicket fence only to fall short and get caught by Carberry in the deep. Hodge gone for 24, PM's 4-58.

Over: 16. PM's 3-57

England at same point: 2-77

Michael Spaseski 12

Brad Hodge 28

Hodge looking to take on Rankin, smashed him for one boundary, but couldn't pierce the field again, despite a couple of cross-bat swipes...

Over: 15. PM's 3-53

England at same point: 2-70

Michael Spaseski 12

Brad Hodge 24

The lights are on! Yep that's about the most exciting thing to happen this over...

Over: 14. PM's 3-51

England at same point: 2-66

Michael Spaseski 11

Brad Hodge 23

Pressure mounting on Tony Abbott's prime minsterialship...

 

 

 

Over: 13. PM's 3-45

England at same point: 2-66

Michael Spaseski 10

Brad Hodge 18

Fair to say a lull has come over the game as Hodge and Spaseski try to work out how they're going to chase down this total. We need some music like they do at those hideous BBL games or those wonderful Canberra Cavalry games...

And others not happy it hasn't been televised...

 

 

 

Some of the punters not happy with the public address system here at Manuka...

 

 

 

Over: 12. PM's 3-43

England at same point: 2-64

Michael Spaseski 8

Brad Hodge 18

Eventful over for Hodge - ending a six-ball streak without a run with a cracking boundary through the covers, almost dropping the bat onto his stumps while trying to play a hook shot to Bresnan bouncer and then telling the umpire to call a wide, which the official then did.

Over: 11. PM's 3-38

England at same point: 2-57

Michael Spaseski 8

Brad Hodge 14


Over: 10. PM's 3-36

England at same point: 2-45

Michael Spaseski 6

Brad Hodge 14

Both Spaseski and Hodge survived very confident LBW shouts from Tim Bresnan, who's bowled his first over.  Bresnan was super confident with the one against Hodge and probably would've referred it if possible. Luckily for this game, the appeal was turned down and Hodge survived...

Over: 9. PM's 3-33

England at same point: 2-44

Michael Spaseski 4

Brad Hodge 14

Looks like Hodge is deciding to leave the bulk of the scoring to Spaseski, who's raced to four. Has a big chance to play an important innings. It doesn't look like it will be the same as the whirlwind produced by Jono Dean last year (51 off 40 balls), but he's got the chance to build one with the experienced Hodge at the other end... #greatlearningopportunity

Over: 8. PM's 3-28

England at same point: 2-38

Michael Spaseski 1

Brad Hodge 14

Spaseski gets off the mark through some sloppy fielding by the Poms, an overthrow enabling the Eastlake batsman to aviod the dreaded Daffy Duck...

Over: 7. PM's 3-24

England at same point: 2-29

Michael Spaseski 0

Brad Hodge 11

Rankin gets his second aggett, but how long can he last? that's four consecutive overs without a break. Crampometer is moving to 85%...

Here comes the hometown hero Michael Spaseski! Can he repeat the fireworks of Jono Dean from last year? Ben McDermott is goneski, slashing a cut shot straight to gully and he's out for 1. Maybe PM Abbott should've picked a few more bats...3-24.

Over: 6. PM's 2-22

England at same point: 2-20

Ben McDermott 0

Brad Hodge 10

Is it all up to Hodge? He's been telling us how good he is for years, here's a chance for him to show us....and book a trip to the T20 world cup. Played a glorious cut shot over cover point for four off Jordan...

Over: 5. PM's 2-18

England at same point: 2-13

Ben McDermott 0

Brad Hodge 6

Maybe Rankin should've played more in the Ashes Tests, but then again, he couldn't bowl more than a couple of deliveries before he cramped up. How long will he survive this heat?

This could be an early finish! Boyd Rankin sends Pomersbach packing for just 1. Rankin sent that one down just short of a length in the corridor of uncertainty outside offstump, Pomersbach played the back-foot drive, but could only edge it through to Buttler 2-18

Over: 4. PM's 1-12

England at same point: 1-12

Luke Pomersbach 1

Brad Hodge 1

Cook decided to only give tweaker Tredwell the one over and it worked a charm with quick Chris Jordan having almost immediate success - getting Handscombe with just his second ball.

And the first wicket falls. Handscomb rocks onto the back foot looking to cut Chris Jordan through point but it was slightly too close to him and he dragged it back on to be bowled. Not a good start for the locals...1-11.

Over: 3. PM's 0-11

England at same point: 1-11

Luke Pomersbach 1

Peter Handscomb 8

Slow and steady start from the PM's here, obviously realising how valuable their wickets are. Will be interesting to see how Luke Pomersbach goes. Was going to be the next big thing before he went off the rails...

Over: 2. PM's 0-8

England at same point: 1-7

Luke Pomersbach 1

Peter Handscomb 5

Obviously the Poms have taken stock of how effective James Muirhead and Clive Rose were on this Manuka deck and threw the new ball to their tweaker James Tredwell, who also put in a tidy over, giving up just three runs. Thought PM's captain Brett Lee could've given Rose his full 10 overs instead of persisting with Cutting, who was struggling...

Over: 1. PM's 0-5

England at same point: 1-2

Luke Pomersbach 0

Peter Handscomb 4

Handscomb gets the PM's innings under way with a square cut over the top of cover for four. Interestingly, spinner James Tredwell will bowl the second over...

PM's opening pair of Pomersbach and Handscomb walking out to start the run chase...

So the PM's XI will chase 265 to win. Their main concern will be their batting depth with just three recognised batsmen - Pomersbach, Spaseski and Hodge. Early wickets and they will struggle.

The Poms fought back well after slumping to 6-149 at one stage before Bresnan and Buttler added some respectability to the score. They'll back themselves to defend this total.

Unfortunately for Alastair Cook speculation will continue about his captaincy after another failure, with English personality Piers Morgan tweeting he'd lasted longer against Brett Lee than Cook. The natives are restless...

Over 50: England 8-264

Chris Jordan 11

James Tredwell 18

So a tough afternoon for Cutting continues as he cops more punishment in his 10th over with figures of 1-63. He bowled too many balls in the slot for the English batsmen to throw the bat at. Nice little Cameo by James Tredwell at the end, scoring 18 off just 13 deliveries.


Cutting's tough day continues, Tredwell looking to smash him down the ground once again, miscues it and it goes straight to Brett Lee for a nice catch at mid off.... but it's a no-ball! Free hit to Jordan and he works a single to the offside...

Over 49: England 8-250

Chris Jordan 10

James Tredwell 8

So just one over left for the Poms. They've passed the 250, which would have to be an absolute minimum score on this Manuka deck. Probably a par mark would be 280 or so, but hard to say given the Pm's lack of batting depth...Cutting given the job...

Over 48: England 8-243

Chris Jordan 4

James Tredwell 6

Cutting continues to come in for some punishment, Tredwell smashing him to the boundary. Surprisingly he's only given up 50 from his nine overs, thought it might've been more than that...

Over 47: England 8-237

Chris Jordan 3

James Tredwell 1

As is so often the case, one wicket falls and the other part of the partnership soon follows. Good persistence by the PM's bowlers as Bresnan and Buttler threatened to take the game away from them. Bird gets his first wicket of the match, he has 1-50 from nine...

Skittles anyone? Jackson Bird does what Jackson Bird does - bowls at the stumps and Buttler goes the old heave ho trying to smash that over the cow shed only for his stumps to get scattered everywhere. Buttler gone for a potentially match-winning 61. Unless the Poms lose and then it was just delaying the inevitable...8-236

Over 46: England 7-233

Chris Jordan 1

Buttler 60

So Alister McDermott fights back from some treatment at the hands of Buttler to get the much-needed wicket of Bresnan, with a little bit of help from little bro Ben! A lovely moment for the McDermott family...

Keeping it in the family? Alister McDermott bangs it in half track and Bresnan looks to pull it away to square leg, but gets a top edge and skies it to Ben McDermott who comes in and takes the catch! Bresnan gone for a very handy 36...

Over 45: England 6-229

Bresnan 36

Buttler 57

Great innings here from Buttler, started slowly but now going at more than a run a ball as he flies past 50. Showing some great innovation with a few ramps...

Things obviously starting to heat up in the outer...

 

 

 

 

Over 44: England 6-219

Bresnan 34

Buttler 49

These two starting to open their shoulders now. Bresnan charged Alister and crunched him straight back down the ground for four, then Buttler shows the side effects of the T20 game with a nice ramp fine for four more. They'll be looking to get past 250 to ensure they're competitive...

Over 43: England 6-205

Bresnan 27

Buttler 42

Good bit of fight being shown here by B1 and B2. A few unorthodox shots, like Bresnan's straight pull shot over mid off's head, but effective nonetheless...

So a Bresnan swat off Cutting over the top of mid off brings up the Poms' 200 in the 43rd over, pretty slow going on a belter of a pitch. Not mention the sweltering conditions that the English will avoid by batting first...

Over 42: England 6-199

Bresnan 24

Buttler 39

Got a bit of Jekyl and Hyde action going with the PM's quicks at the moment. Alister McDermott being miserly at one end, while Cutting is leaking runs...

Over 41: England 6-196

Bresnan 24

Buttler 36

Bresnan is wagging his tail nicely here. While his 24 hasn't been scored at the quickest tilt, if he had've batted like some of the top order the Poms would be even deeper in it...

Over 40: England 6-190

Bresnan 18

Buttler 36

A good steadier there by Alister McDermott. That name brings back so many memories of bizarre injuries like twisted bowels and falling off brick walls...

Over 39: England 6-188

Bresnan 17

Buttler 35

Good over there for the Poms, nine runs off Cutting. But they're going to need plenty more of those if they're going to post a decent total for the PM's XI to chase. On the positive for the visitors, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has only picked four batsmen in his team so they wouldn't want to lose early wickets. Let's hope Pomersbach's fielding isn't a sign of how he's going to bat...

Over 38: England 6-179

Bresnan 13

Buttler 30

And that ends a great 10 overs by Muirhead, 3-52. The PM's XI has a tradition of unearthing gems, hopefully we'll see him tossing them into the rough for Australia down the track. Maybe forming a leathal spin twins combo with Young/Canberra/Adelaide/Sydney's own Nathan Lyon...

Not much love in the twittersphere for Alastair Cook at the moment...

 

 

 

 

Over 36: England 6-168

Bresnan 9

Buttler 23

Young Muirhead wouldn't be happy with Luke Pomersbach! Another simple misfield at cover leaking cheap runs...

Over 35: England 6-164

Bresnan 6

Buttler 22

Lee's getting miserly in his old age. Six overs for just 15 runs and two wickets! If they're considering taking Brad Hodge to the Twenty20 world cup giggle fest then maybe Binga will get a gig as well...

For those interested in the tennis, Canberra young gun Nick Kyrgios is up two sets to one, but down a break in the fourth, in his fir4st round clash against Ben Becker at the Aussie Open...

Over 34: England 6-161

Bresnan 5

Buttler 20

Sorry, missed that over while i polished off a sandwich...

Binga back into the attack!

Over 32: England 6-154

Bresnan 1

Buttler 17

Drinks at Manuka. Muirhead continues to bewitch the English bowlers. The youngster is throwing in the odd loose ball but he should get more and more control with experience. Could've had at least five-fer - an unlucky LBW shout went against him, dropped (sharp) catch at first slip and a few in the air either side of the fielder. Obviously his ball to Morgan will draw comparisons with SK Warne's Gatting ball...3-37 off his 7 overs so far...

And Muirhead could've had another, Bresnan dropped at first slip first ball...

And things get worse for the Poms! There goes Ballance for 56. An awful, awful shot. just spooned it to backward point where Alister McDermott took the easiest of catches. Almost a sense of disbelief as he guided that fuller ball outside off stump from Muirhead straight down his throat...6-149.

Over 29: England 5-145

Ballance 54

Buttler 11

Bird bending his back in his first over in his second spell. First ball was very short and up over Buttler's head, but the England keeper kept it down nicely, pulling it out to deep midwicket. Run rate at 5 an over, but the loss of five wickets is the concern for the Poms...

Over 28: England 5-140

Ballance 51

Buttler 9

Muirhead continues to look dangerous. Had Buttler flicking one in the air through midwicket, not far from the fielder. That old mantra of "Poms can't play leggies" coming to the fore...Jackson Bird back into the attack...

Over 27: England 5-135

Ballance 51

Buttler 5

It seems the PM's XI has caught the Australian's bowling habits of bowling consistent lines and lengths, trying to wear the Poms down.

Over 26: England 5-129

Ballance 50

Buttler 0

Great over by Muirhead, he almost had two wickets. The Poms in all sorts of trouble here, five down on a good pitch. They'll need these two to bat deep into the innings and Ballance will be looking for a century...

Bopara is gone! Muirhead throws it up outside off and Bopara plays a millionaire's drive and gets caught at first slip by Canberra's Michael Spaseski. Muirhead almost had Jos Buttler out first ball LBW, but umpire said it was just going down legside. Had him beaten all ends up...

Over 25: England 4-118

Ballance 45

Bopara 12


Over 24: England 4-109

Gary Ballance 41*

Ravi Bopara 8*

Muirhead just losing his line and length that over and Bopara takes advantage, first pulling a short one away for four, then sweeping one fine for three as Muirhead drifts down legside. Bopara not hanging about...

Over 23: England 4-101

Gary Ballance 40*

Ravi Bopara 1*

Looks like a few fans are feeling the effects of the heat. Ambulance busy treating people out the back of the grandstand. If you're in the crowd make sure you've got a hat and drinking plenty of water. If you've managed to smuggle in a small inflatable pool even better...

 

 

 

Over 22: England 4-100

Gary Ballance 38*

Ravi Bopara 1*

Great over by Muirhead, extracting both turn and bounce out of the brand new Manuka pitch. Morgan tried to reverse sweep him early in the over, then keeper Handscomb copped one in the face and then Muirhead produced a jatz cracker to send Morgan on his way. Poms in trouble...

Howzat! Great bit of bowling there by Muirhead! gets that one to spin big from outside off, Morgan looks to leave it and it Mike Gatting's him! The old one-two sucker punch there by Muirhead, follow the wide down leg side up with a ripper...

Nasty one there! Handscomb has called for the lid after a Muirhead wrong-un kicked up and copped him in the mouth. The PM's keeper will have some magic water, pull on his helmet and get straight back behind the stumps....

Over 21: England 3-96

Gary Ballance 37*

Eoin Morgan 4*

Canberra's Shane Devoy getting amongst the action, handing out a few drinks down on the boundary...

Over 20: England 3-91

Gary Ballance 35*

Eoin Morgan 1*

I can't believe they Rose off! Anyways, James Muirhead comes into the attack. An important point in the game for the Poms. Another wicket and they're in a bit of trouble, but Morgan can't afford to take too long to get set...

Over 19: England 3-88

Gary Ballance 33*

Eoin Morgan 0*

The fall of Carberry brings short-form specialist Eoin Morgan to the crease. Hopefully he can get going and reproduce some of that Chris Gayle magic from a few years ago....

And Cutting does it! Gets Carberry caught by Lee in exactly the same spot Cutting dropped him off his captain earlier...

Over 18: England 2-82

Gary Ballance 31*

Michael Carberry 43*

Fantastic first five overs by Rose, who many of us had never heard of before. He's only played the four first class games and 8 domestic one-dayers...

Even the PM is looking to cool off here at Manuka...

 

 

 

Over 17: England 2-79

Gary Ballance 29*

Michael Carberry 42*

Ben Cutting comes into the attack. Owes the team a pole after his dropped catch off his captain's bowling earlier. Nice tidy start, gives up just two runs and it's drinks...

Over 16: England 2-77

Gary Ballance 28*

Michael Carberry 41*

Any predictions for an England total? Got a variety of tips in the press box from around 260-290 mark. If these two can stay in the Poms should get above 300. It's almost become mandatory for big scores here at Manuka. A pity Chris Gayle isn't playing here today...

How good would it be to have another McDermott in the Australian team? Especially given this one is a fiery red-head! Anyways, game just drifting along a little bit here. Crowd starting to fill up now...

Over 14: England 2-66

Gary Ballance 22*

Michael Carberry 36*

Over 13: England 2-64

Gary Ballance 21* (29 balls)

Michael Carberry 35* (34 balls)

Alister McDermott almost gets his first wicket there, Carberry squeezed a cut shot just out of the reach of gully.

Over 12: England 2-57

Gary Ballance 21* (29 balls)

Michael Carberry 28* (28 balls)

Another tidy over from Rose. It seems they breed left-arm orthodox one-day bowlers down in Tassie, with Rose a bit like Xavier Docherty...

Over 11: England 2-52

Gary Ballance 17* (24 balls)

Michael Carberry 27* (27 balls)


Over 9: England 2-44

Gary Ballance 11* (16 balls)

Michael Carberry 25* (23 balls)

Alister McDermott has his first trundle in the PM's game and Carberry continues to get his skates on. Looks like Brett Lee is fully converted to the T20 world - he only bowled four overs in that spell! He took a coupla wickets and should've had a third...

Good to finally see Carberry do some carving! He came down under with big wraps on his big hitting but he's been nothing short of boring so far this summer. While his strike rate in ODI's is only about 64, he's much more exciting in the Twenty20 form of the game...

Over 8: England 2-38

Gary Ballance 10* (13 balls)

Michael Carberry 20* (20 balls)

Great stuff by Carberry! He's go to the cow shed and then smashes the next ball back over Bird's head for back-to-back boundaries...

Over 7: England 2-29

Gary Ballance 9* (9 balls)

Michael Carberry 12* (18 balls)

This has been vintage Lee so far, charging in, not afraid to drop it short and he should've had his third wicket, but for a dropped catch by Cutting...

And Ben Cutting drops Carberry on 12! The English opener rocked back to hook and got a top edge, skied to mid on where Cutting makes a tough chance look really tough with an odd dive. Lee should've had his third!

Over 6: England 2-20

Gary Ballance 8* (8 balls)

Michael Carberry 8* (13 balls)

Finally we see a boundary! Ballance has come out firing, driving square and through the covers nicely.

Over 5: England 2-13

Gary Ballance 1* (2 balls)

Michael Carberry 8* (13 balls)

Another wicket-taking over by Captain Lee! He's discovered more form in his three overs than Captain Cook has all summer. Root might count himself a bit unlucky as it looked a bit high, did hit him on the back leg though. The crowd certainly thought he was out...

Ooooh. A bit lucky there Mr Lee! Gets his second wicket, that of Joe Root. Looked like it got him a bit high, Root not overly happy with the  decision, but he'll have plenty of time to talk about it in the changerooms. He's gone for one, the Poms 2-12 in the fifth over!!!

Over 4: England 1-12

Joe Root 1* (9 balls)

Michael Carberry 8* (13 balls)

Aussie bowlers well and truly on top, some good tight bowling by Bird and Lee... Carberry continues his slow scoring pace from the Tests...

Over 3: England 1-11

Joe Root 0* (7 balls)

Michael Carberry 6* (9 balls)

Lee continues to charge in, getting good pace and bounce. Carberry looking to get on to the front foot and has his off drive going nicely...

Over 2: England 1-7

Joe Root 0* (6 balls)

Michael Carberry 4* (4 balls)

Solid start by Jackson Bird, although Carberry did play a delightful drive for three. Joe Root did play a ball back on to his stumps, but it didn't dislodge the bails and it was a free hit from the previous no ball so wouldn't have been out even if it did! Ball seems to be coming off the deck at a good pace...

Over 1: England 1-2

Joe Root 0* (1 balls)

Michael Carberry 1* (3 balls)

Super start by captain courageous Brett Lee, getting the ball to rise nicely off a good length. It was that bounce that caught English skipper Alastair Cook out, enticing him to feather one through to keeper Handscomb for just one. Nice start PM's XI...

 

Oh dear, Alastair Cook's summer of woe continues. Brett Lee gets him caught behind for just 1. It cam just two balls after Michael Carberry survived a confident shout for caught behind as well. Great start by PM's XI!

Lee Gaskin: England has made its intent clear to chase its first win of its miserable Australian summer by selecting a near full-strength team for Tuesday’s match with the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval.

England captain Alistair Cook won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on a perfect batting strip.

Cook will be keen to get among the runs and kick-start his tour ahead of Friday’s second one-day international against Australia at the Gabba.

Test opener Michael Carberry and spinner James Tredwell are the only changes to the England team which lost the first one-dayer at the MCG two days ago.

A capacity crowd of nearly 12,500 is expected for the fixture, which is the only international game in Canberra this summer.

Fast bowling great Brett Lee is captaining a PM’s XI team also containing Brad Hodge, Jackson Bird and Luke Pomersbach.

ACT Comets and Eastlake batsman Michael Spaseski is also in the team as the Canberra representative. 

Play starts at 2.20pm.

The umpires lead the players out on to the ground. Cook and Carberry opening the batting, with Brett Lee to take the new ball!

While Cricket ACT hasn't provided air conditioning or a fan for the sweating media pack, they have provided a lovely lunch bag. Managed to find a vegetarian option that wasn't an egg sandwich! Well done Cricket ACT!

Just 15 minutes till we get underway here. PM's captain Brett Lee is starting to warm up out on the ground. He played in this fixture the last time the Poms were in town. On that occasion England won by seven wickets in a rain-affected game. Binga took 1-35 off six overs. He also scored 26 off 18 balls.

Ian Bell will remember that game, scoring an unbeaten 124 off 102 balls to guide the Poms to victory.

The fully revamped Manuka Oval is looking a treat. A little sandy in the outfield in places, but given the turf has only been down for 8 weeks in some spots. Looks like curator Brad van Dam was right when he joked you'd come here and wouldn't be able to tell what the $9 million has been spent on, except for the addition of some perspex AFL interchange benches...

National anthems done, no resounding chorus from the Barmy Army, so they've either gone home to lick their wounds or are still at the Kingo applying their sunscreen...

English side: Cook, Carberry, Root, Ballance, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Bresnan, Jordan, Tredwell, Rankin.

PM's XI: Lee, Bird, A McDermott, Cutting, Spaseski, Muirhead, Rose, Pomersbach, Hodge, B McDermott, Handscomb, Devoy (12th man).

Hello from Manuka Oval where of course no one is in the ground but people are queuing to get in, Canberra is Canberra even when it's stinking hot! Just had the toss and England have won it, they'll bat first and will avoid the worst of the heat. Anyone thinking getting a job in the media is a good way to get out of the heat had better think again. Looks like Cricket ACT has turned off the air conditioning in the media box and it'd be nicer outside!

Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Manuka Oval in December last year, announcing Brett Lee as captain of the Prime Ministers XI.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Manuka Oval in December last year, announcing Brett Lee as captain of the Prime Ministers XI. Photo: Jay Cronan

Former Test cricketer Brett Lee Will be looking to capitalise on England's lack of confidence today, as Prime Minister's XI take on the Brits in Canberra.

The 37-year-old says he hopes to extend the misery for Piers Morgan's countrymen at Manuka Oval.

"We don't want to let England back in the game for the Australians," Lee said.

However, Lee could find the tables well and truly turned when he shares the new ball with Jackson Bird.

The visiting team has made sizeable totals in the last three PM's XI matches at Manuka Oval: 310 (West Indies), 225 (England off 33.3 overs) and 399 (West Indies off 45 overs).

"It's always a tough wicket to bowl on in terms of fast bowling; it always comes on true to the bat," Lee said.