PERTH (AFP) - Tim Paine will lead a Prime Ministers XI against England in January, where he will be out to enhance his World Cup claims and show why he is mentioned as a future national captain. The talented wicketkeeper-batsman has played just four Tests and was not considered for Ashes selection due to a broken finger suffered in an exhibition Twenty20 clash. The 26-year-old is highly rated in Australian cricket. Tim Paine has shown he is capable of playing at the highest level, said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch as the team for January 10 was announced Tuesday. We want to test his fitness after surgery on his broken finger and we are keen to see how he leads a team from behind the stumps. The Tasmanian vice-captain is a former skipper of the Australian under-19 side and has been mooted as a possible replacement for Ricky Ponting as national captain. Paine said: Its an honour to be asked to captain the Prime Ministers XI and I thank the Prime Minister for giving me the opportunity to lead this exciting group. Ive enjoyed the past couple of years as vice-captain for the Tigers and I look forward to the extra responsibility of leading this team against England in January. Test hopeful batsmen Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja will both play in the game, along with recent one-day international debutant Mitchell Starc. Veteran Brett Lee has also been included, while teenage batsman Nic Maddinson is another player to watch in a side containing players on the fringe of World Cup and Test selection. Hilditch said the match was a great chance for players to push their World Cup claims with Australias 15-man squad named later that month. Team: Tim Paine (TAS), Callum Ferguson (SA), Dan Christian (SA), Xavier Doherty (TAS), Josh Hazlewood (NSW), Alex Keath (VIC), Usman Khawaja (NSW), Brett Lee (NSW), Tom Thornton (ACT), Nic Maddinson (NSW), Mitchell Starc (NSW), Josh Anderson (ACT, 12th man).