On 31 October, the Prime Minister's XI team celebrated a win over South Africa at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Australia won by four wickets in the 37 over of the innings, with South Africa all out for 173.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison presented the Menzies Memorial trophy to Australian captain George Bailey, who scored an unbeaten 51. Menzies Foundation CEO Liz Gillies presented the Menzies Medallion to man-of-the-match Josh Philippe.
The Menzies Foundation has provided the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trophy and the Menzies Medallion since 2005. The trophy is presented to the winning team and the medallion is presented to the man-of the-match.
In a speech at The Lodge the night before the match, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke warmly of Sir Robert Menzies and his legacy as Prime Minister
and ‘die-hard cricket tragic’. Sir Robert created the Prime Minister’s XI concept in 1951, selecting his own team to play against visiting international
squads. The match is now a long-standing annual summer fixture on the cricket calendar.
Pictured: The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, and Liz Gillies, Menzies Foundation CEO, with the Prime MInister's XI team.
Photos courtesy Penny Bradfield Auspic/DPS.
Photo courtesy Penny Bradfield Auspic/DPS.