In a surprising decision, Australia have recalled veteran batsman Cameron White for the forthcoming five-match One-Day International series against England. The 34-year old has been added to the squad in place of injured batsman Chris Lynn.
White, who has not played an ODI since January, has been rewarded for his consistent performances in domestic one-day cricket in recent years and his brilliant performances for Melbourne Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash League.
White has scored 285 runs in six games at an average of 142.5 with the help of three half-centuries for the Melbourne Renegades this season. He was also the highest run-scorer in Australia’s One-Day Cup in 2016/17 season, scoring with 457 runs, including two centuries and two fifties.
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Trevor Hohns, Australia’s chief selector, said White deserved his selection.
“Cameron’s in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He’s playing very well,” he said. “He’s one of the leading run-scorers in this season’s BBL, he’s experienced, he’s a very smart cricketer and he’s a good fielder. He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage.”
The shocking call-up, means, Glenn Maxwell will have to wait longer for his comeback in international cricket. The hard-hitting all-rounder, who was dropped from the ODI side following his poor performance in India, was tipped by many including Ricky Ponting to replace Lynn due to his current form. However, the selectors sprung a big surprise by recalling White who had recently said his international career was over.
“There’s a vacancy (in the ODI team). I haven’t heard anything,” he had said. “I honestly don’t know. You’d have to ask the selectors, I couldn’t tell you. I feel pretty much the same as I’ve felt for the last couple of years in white-ball cricket. I’m batting with a pretty clear mind and watching the ball and playing it on its merits.”
White, who made his debut in 2005, has played four Tests, 88 ODIs, and 47 Twenty20 Internationals so far. Meanwhile, the ODI series gets underway on Sunday (January 14) in Melbourne.
Australia ODI squad.
Steve Smith (c), David Warner (VC), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
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