MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia will send 16-year-old Jake Doran out to face England only days after the first Ashes test for a tour match in the outback town of Alice Springs.

The inclusion of Doran, a left-arm batsman and wicketkeeper in Australia's under-19 team, for the Chairman's XI's Nov. 29-30 match at Traeger Park, comes despite criticism in the British press about the caliber of teams selected to face England in the tour matches to date.

Doran was out on a driving lesson when the team was announced, and missed an initial call confirming it.

"My brother found out that I'd been picked when it got posted online," Doran, who is in his senior year at high school and will turn 17 two days after the Alice Springs match, told Australian Associated Press. "It's pretty exciting.

"It's definitely a big challenge, facing them. I'm all for it."

Pressure from England forced the hosts to upgrade the team playing the ongoing four-day tour match in Sydney from a New South Wales Second XI to a Cricket Australia Invitation XI with players selected from other states.

The tour match in Hobart against Australia A last week was badly affected by rain, and England's opening match was against a second-string Western Australia Invitational XI in Perth, leaving the tourists seemingly under-prepared for a five-test series. Then they'll be facing a largely development squad in the tour match between the first and second tests.

England has won the past three Ashes series and is bidding to win the urn for a fourth straight series for the first time in more than a century.

The first test begins in Brisbane next Thursday, then England will travel to play the Chairman's XI in the Northern Territory en route to Adelaide for the second test, which starts Dec. 5.

Greg Chappell, the former test captain who is now Cricket Australia's national talent manager, said the Chairman's XI was an exciting squad in which every player except the younger Doran had played at first-class level.

Doran is part of the Australian junior squad that will compete in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai next year.

Alister McDermott, the son of former Australian test paceman and current test bowling coach Craig McDermott, was also included in the 12-man squad that will be captained by Michael Beer.

"This will be a great leadership opportunity for Michael Beer, who made his test debut for Australia at the previous home Ashes series in 2011, and at age 29 still has a lot to offer," Chappell said. "This is a great opportunity to bring elite cricket to Alice Springs. Traeger Park is a high-class venue at which we expect top-class cricket will become a regular visitor."

Troy Cooley, an Australian who is England's ex-fast bowling coach, will guide the Chairman's XI. Former England test batsman Graeme Hick will be assistant coach.

Alice Springs has not hosted an international match in 13 years and is certainly off the beaten path for an Ashes series.

Cricket Australia Chairman's XI: Michael Beer (captain), Steve Cazzulino, Jake Doran, Marcus Harris, Michael Hill, Alexander Keath, Josh Lalor, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Kane Richardson, Luke Robins, Ashton Turner.