SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: George Bailey of the Hurricanes bats during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes at Sydney Cricket Ground on December 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Three Aussies named in World XI to take on Pakistan

Three Australians have been named the World XI to play three T20s against Pakistan next month.

The three-match series will feature George Bailey, Ben Cutting and Tim Paine and will be captained by South African skipper, Faf Du Plessis.

The team features players from seven Test playing nations and will be coached by former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower.

World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Daren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Paul Collingwood

The series, called the Independence Cup, will be played in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15 and will end an eight year ban on playing international cricket in Pakistan following an attack in 2009, where militants attacked the visiting Sri Lankan team’s bus.

During the isolation from international cricket, Pakistan has hosted ‘home’ matches in the UAE.

If the tour is a success, the World XI will tour Sri Lanka and the West Indies later this year.

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