Phoebe Litchfield to line up with Ricky Ponting in Bushfire Charity Bash

Phoebe Litchfield will line up alongside Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara in the Charity Bash this weekend at Junction Oval. Photo: Jude Keogh
Phoebe Litchfield will line up alongside Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara in the Charity Bash this weekend at Junction Oval. Photo: Jude Keogh

When Ricky Ponting played his last test match in 2012, Phoebe Litchfield was yet to turn 10.

Eight years later, with the former Australian skipper eight years retired and Litchfield a 16-year-old rising star on the cricketing scene, the pair will line up together on Junction Oval on Sunday alongside some of cricket's biggest names for the Bushfire Charity Bash.

The exhibition match, which has been moved from its spot as a curtain-raiser at the SCG due to forecasts of heavy rain on Saturday, will be played at Junction Oval following the Australian Women Cricket team's T20 clash with England on Sunday.

The sides for the two matches were announced on Thursday night, and while Litchfield won't have the chance to face spin king Shane Warne after he was forced to withdraw along with several other former Australians, she'll play under the tutelage of Australia's most-capped skipper in Ponting.

Not only playing under the guidance of the 77-time Australian captain, she'll be coached by the highest run-scorer of all time in Sachin Tendulkar and play with one of cricket's greatest left-handed batters in Brian Lara, who holds the record for the highest test match score of 400 against England in 2004, just days before Litchfield's first birthday.

Adam Gilchrist has taken Warne's mantle as the other captain, while Ponting and Litchfield will line up alongside Brett Lee, Matthew Hayden, Wasim Akram, Elyse Villani and current Australian men's coach Justin Langer - meaning Australia's best opening duo in Langer and Hayden will reunite on the field.

Tim Paine will coach Gilchrist's side, which will feature Litchfield's Sydney Thunder teammate Alex Blackwell as well as Andrew Symonds, Courtney Walsh and Shane Watson and more.

Warne has charity commitments in South Africa on Tuesday and has left the door open to playing if he can find a later flight to South Africa on a private jet, so the door is ajar for Litchfield to face the flipper of Australia's greatest bowler.

Joining Warne as unavailable following the venue change are Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Grace Harris and Brad Fittler.

Litchfield is fresh off making an unbeaten 43 for the NSW Breakers in the young side's four-wicket loss to Western Australia on Thursday.

Naomi Stalenberg top-scored for the NSW side with 86 as the Breakers made 223, but it wasn't enough as Western Australia chased the total down in 47 overs.

The match will be shown live on Channel 7, Kayo and and Fox Sports from 3pm on Sunday.

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