Strong Australia A team named

A strong Australia A team including five Test players has been named to play New Zealand A in the first match of the Top End Series tomorrow in Darwin.

Brad Haddin has been named to captain the team with Brad Hodge being his deputy. The squad is shown below with the twelfth man to be announced before play.

The New Zealand A team has been hit with injuries with Jesse Ryder in doubt with a groin injury, while batsman Shanan Stewart and allrounder Brendon Diamanti are also struggling with injuries.

Australia A
Brad Haddin (captain), Brad Hodge, Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Daniel Cullen, Brett Dorey, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Phil Jaques, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson

New Zealand A (from)
Peter Fulton (captain), Michael Papps, James Marshall, Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Shanan Stewart, Jesse Ryder, Peter McGlashan, Brendan Diamanti, Bradley Scott, Nathan McCullum, Warren McSkimming, Graeme Aldridge, Mark Gillespie.

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