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Snedden among youthful NZ XI to face Sri Lanka

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The chance of a lifetime awaits a youthful New Zealand XI this weekend when they take on Sri Lanka in a three day match at McLean Park.

Among them is pace bowler Michael Snedden who, at 26 years old, burst onto the domestic scene earlier this season.

"Michael made his debut for the Auckland Aces this year and we are interested to see what he can produce against a strong touring side," NZC selection manager Gavin Larsen said.

It’s a busy time of year for NZC with the BLACKCAPS, New Zealand A and round three of the Plunket Shield all running concurrently.

Larsen said the warm-up match shaped as a chance to test depth and look at a younger crop of talented cricketers.

"There was an emphasis on offering another meaningful opportunity to players from the recent Under 19s. It’s a good chance to continue looking at these younger players against quality opposition," he said.

The team is laced with some experience in Wellington Firebird Peter Younghusband, who is fresh off a match-winning contribution in the Ford Trophy final.

Northern Districts batsman Bharat Popli also offers first-class batting experience in the top order.

The New Zealand XI play Sri Lanka in a Three Day Match at McLean Park on Saturday 8 December starting at 11am.

In alphabetical order:

Max Chu (Otago, wk)

Katene Clarke (Northern Districts)

Blake Coburn (Canterbury)

Liam Dudding (Central Districts)

Luke Georgeson (Wellington)

Brett Hampton (Northern Districts)

Will O’Donnell (Auckland)

Sandeep Patel (Northern Districts)

Dale Phillips (Auckland)

Bharat Popli (Northern Districts)

Michael Snedden (Auckland)

Peter Younghusband (Wellington, captain)

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