Mr Cricket returns

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Mike Hussey will captain the PM’s XI against New Zealand in Canberra in October.

Played at Manuka Oval on Friday October 23, the game will launch the 2014/15 summer.

Hussey retired from Test cricket in 2013 but has been playing in the Big Bash for Sydney Thunder.

A pink ball will be used for the first time, with the PMs XI  wearing their blue and yellow uniform (the ACT’s official colours).

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, launched the game at Manuka Oval’s Bradman Room. The fixture was established in 1951, when Robert Menzies was PM. It will be Abbott’s third time “hosting” the match, with England winning comfortably in 2014 and 2015.

The match is significant step for ACT Cricket. They hosted the Big Bash final last year and three World Cup matches. The PM’s XI match will be followed by an ODI against India on January 20, 2016. Former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and current spinner Nathan Lyon both represented the Comets, who currently play in the Futures League.

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