Cricket PNG General Manager Bill Leane today announced that the Australian Indigenous XI will come to Port Moresby in July to play two fifty over and two T20 internationals against the Papua New Guinea national side.

“The Cricket Australia Australian Indigenous XI will be an exceptionally strong and experienced combination” said Leane. “They will be captained by Dan Christian who is lighting up the Sheffield Shield and Ford Ranger Cup at present with the SA Redbacks. He will be joined by current state listed players Preston White (Qld Bulls), Josh Lalor (NSW Blues), Worran Williams (Qld Bulls) and an exciting group of young highly skilled and experienced players who are in the Cricket Australia National Indigenous Development Program and who recently successfully toured England winning eight and losing just two matches”.

“An International Series played on home soil is a huge achievement for Cricket in PNG and we must strongly thank NICAC (National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee), Trevor Woodhead (NT Cricket), Vince Copley (Co Chairman of NICAC) and the Management of Cricket Australia (Damien Bown & Neale Price) and ICC EAP for ensuring that this event becomes a reality recognising the cultural and cricket links between PNG and Australia.“

PNG coach Andy Bichel is looking forward to the challenge of seeing his charges up against the kind of opposition that is equal to any World Cricket League Division One side.

“The Australian Indigenous XI is a formidable opponent and our national team will be challenged in every facet of the game. Dan Christian is a super player - just selected for Australia- and he made over 700 runs as captain of the Indigenous Squad on the Tour of England." He potentially could be going to the World T20 World Cup at the end of April. Preston White is playing in the future tours competition and Josh Lalor is playing great cricket for the Blues”.

“The PNG Barramundi's will field a full strength side with all of our 14 Brian Bell Future Stars players back in PNG after their scholarships end in March. This means it really will be game on for our boys as only the fittest, most in form and hungriest will be selected. The Baramundi's will be playing for the opportunity to win our first ever home international series on turf plus creating an opportunity to be selected to represent PNG in our 2011 World Cup qualifying campaign”.