Sydney Thunder batters Jason Sangha and Kurtis Patterson have been named in the Cricket Australia XI side to take on Sri Lanka in Hobart, in a day-night, pink ball match from 17-19 January.
Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel will announce a 12th player in due course with the squad set to assemble on 15 January.
Cricket Australia XI Squad:
Joe Burns (c) - Queensland
Kurtis Patterson (vc) – New South Wales
Scott Boland – Victoria
Jake Doran (wk) - Tasmania
Jon Holland – Victoria
Marnus Labuschagne - Queensland
Michael Neser - Queensland
Will Pucovski - Victoria
Jason Sangha – New South Wales
Matt Renshaw - Queensland
Chris Tremain - Victoria
Speaking on the CA XI, National Selector Trevor Hohns said:
“It is important to the panel that this selection is seen as prestigious and an opportunity to all players.
“CA XI squads have the chance to play cricket against international teams, and these matches give players selected the opportunity to press their case for higher honours.
“For this match, our focus has been on ensuring newcomers selected in the Test squad have ample batting preparation ahead of the Brisbane Test.
“Scott Boland, Chris Tremain and Michael Neser have all had very good first-class seasons and are knocking on the door for Australian selection.”
“The CA XI squad is critical to our pathway system and continuing to harness identified talent at the highest possible level. The players in this squad are of interest to the National Selection Panel, as we look ahead to the World Cup and Ashes campaigns in 2019.”