White To Fight For His One Day Life
Australia’s Twenty20 captain Cameron White is confident he can break back into the Australian one-day side, despite being dropped after a dismal cricket World Cup.
White will lead the Australian Twenty20 side in back to back matches against the Sri Lankans, however as the one-day and test match players touch down in the island nation White will be heading home.
The powerful Victorian batsman endured a horror run at the world cup earlier in the year which ultimately led to his axing from the one day side for the first time since 2008. In seven world cup matches White could only manage 70 runs at an average of 17.5, while his highest score was a poultry 22 not out.
White knows there is no agenda against him or secret to getting back into the team. He knows the only way he can do that is through strong performances with the bat.
“It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is score runs. Of course I want to get back in and I think I can,” White said.
White, who will captain an Australian team on foreign soil for the first time, understands that the Twenty20 matches will be the best way for him to prove to selectors he is still capable at international level.
“Of course I want to do well and I hope to do well, and that’s obviously my only way back into the team at the present moment, so not only do I want to, I have to do well,” White said.
“But Twenty20 is a pretty funny game. You could go out in the middle and then hit one straight into the air.”
White now finds himself in an interesting situation in that he will be leading the Australian cricket team in one format of the game, yet he can’t get a game in the other two, however he says he is fully focussed on his role with the Twenty20 team.
“I’m enjoying the hell out of it to be honest,” White said.
“It’s my first tour as captain and it’s something I’ve really been looking forward to as well. Before we left Australia we got some good match simulation practice in, so I think by the time Saturday comes around… we’ll be very well prepared for not only the two Twenty20 games but the series ahead.
“I’m just looking forward to playing now. Training’s training but it’ll be good to get out there in the matches.”
White also said that he was wary of a Sri Lankan side that has been in very good form in the shortest form of the game. Sri Lanka have won their past three Twenty20 internationals which includes an easy seven wicket win over the Australians in Perth in October last year.
“The Sri Lankan team is obviously a very strong one. A big mix of youth and experience and I think their key players are obviously the more senior guys,” White said.
“I think they showed England in the shorter formats they’re in very good form, so I think the Sri Lankan team will be a very hard one to beat so we’ll have to play well.”
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