Ryan Carters says Invitational XI ready to strike a blow

Ryan Carters in action against England during hteir last tour in 2010. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoRyan Carters believes the Australian Invitational XI can have a ”real crack” at England and attempt to inflict some psychological damage on the tourists ahead of the first Ashes Test.

Canberra product Carters is one of several fringe players in the New South Wales squad who have been included, along with a handful of promising batsmen from around the country, for the four-day match at the SCG, starting Wednesday.

Australian limited-overs star Aaron Finch and former Test opener Ed Cowan headline an impressive batting line-up. The bowling stocks aren’t as strong, with the attack made up of NSW players left out of the Sheffield Shield squad.

England will be keen to gain some valuable match practice after rain interrupted last week’s hitout with Australia A in Hobart.

Carters believes this is the perfect opportunity to strike the first blow against England with just nine days to go before the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

”Cricket Australia has selected a mixed team of the better first-class batsmen from around the country as well as members of the NSW squad to make up the XI,” he said. ”That shows they are looking to see how a few of the young batsmen go against the England bowling attack.

”Even though it’s a bit of a mixed bunch … we should gel pretty quickly and have a real crack at the English.”

It will be the second time Carters, 23, has faced England in the past three years. He produced a maiden half-century in his first-class debut the last time the old enemy visited these shores in 2010.

Carters made 68 playing for Victoria against an English bowling attack featuring Test contenders Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett.

The wicketkeeper-batsman donned the gloves for NSW in the shield opener, but has been squeezed out with the return of Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

And he knows a big score against England will enhance his chances in the first-class arena.

”It’s a really exciting opportunity to test my skills against some of the best bowlers in the world,” Carters said. ”I definitely learnt a lot from the last time I played against them, watching how guys like Bresnan and Tremlett bowled, and how they used reverse swing was really impressive.”

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