Beer tells England side: More sledging to come

GREG BUCKLE
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013

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Sledging happens in Australia, so get used to it.

Cricket Australia Chairman's XI captain Michael Beer, who will lead his side in a two-day game against England starting on Friday, has laid bare his plans for the Alice Springs encounter.

"That will be the aim, to make it a little bit uncomfortable for the opposition," Beer told a news conference on Thursday.

"I don't think it will be too hostile. There will a little bit of chat.

"My view is what goes on out there stays out there.

"You try to do what you do to put someone off their game, whether it's playing club cricket or Test cricket.

"In Australia people say stuff. That's the way we play cricket.

"It's aggressive and that's the way we go about it."

The sledging controversy has raged since last week's first test in Brisbane, where Australian captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for warning tailender Jimmy Anderson to prepare for a "f**king broken arm".

Beer's lineup includes 16-year-old Sydney schoolboy Jake Doran, who has suggested he won't be getting too heavily involved in the sledging.

Former test spinner Beer, the only player with international experience in the home team, says the NSW Second XI wicketkeeper/batsman has all the signs of a promising player.

"It's great for him get this opportunity. It's a little bit of spotlight for him," Beer said.

"He's got the ability. If he plays well and keeps well and makes some runs, he might open up some doors in Shield cricket.

"He's been identified for the talent that he's got and hopefully he shows something in the next couple of days."

The home team's attack will be led by Victoria paceman Jayde Herrick and Beer nominated Western Australia opener Marcus Harris as a key to the batting lineup.

"The main thing is we've got 11 guys who aren't playing first-class cricket at the moment and their aim is to get into those sides. If I can help them in any way I will do that," Western Australia spinner Beer said.

"We saw Marcus Harris make runs in the first Chairman's XI game against England (in Perth) so hopefully he can do that again."

Chairman's XI squad to play England on Friday and Saturday: Michael Beer (capt), Steve Cazzulino, Jake Doran, Marcus Harris, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Alexander Keath, Josh Lalor, Simon Mackin, James Muirhead, Luke Robins, Ashton Turner.

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