Billy's kids to star in PM's XI

Ben McDermott drafted in to join brother Alister

Promising young batsman Ben McDermott, son of former Australian Test paceman and current bowling coach Craig, has earned a late call-up to the Prime Minister's XI squad following an injury to Chris Lynn.

Lynn complained of soreness in his right knee following Saturday night's match at the Gabba between the Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars.

He will undergo tests and will be monitored in the lead-up to the Heat's next match on Saturday.

As a result, fellow Queenslander McDermott will join elder brother Alister in the PM's XI team to take on England at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

National talent manager Greg Chappell said McDermott was a talented young batsman in the Brisbane Heat and Australia under-19 squads.

"McDermott is also a promising wicketkeeper, however Peter Handscomb will assume wicketkeeping duties for the Prime Minister's XI," Chappell said.

"He is definitely one to watch."

Ben McDermott

The full squad is:

  • Brett Lee (Captain) NSW
  • Jackson Bird TAS
  • Ben Cutting QLD
  • Peter Handscomb (wk) VIC
  • Brad Hodge VIC
  • Ben McDermott QLD
  • Alister McDermott QLD
  • James Muirhead VIC
  • Luke Pomersbach QLD
  • Clive Rose TAS
  • Michael Spaseski ACT
  • Shane Devoy (12th man) ACT

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