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White uses IPL to catch Oz selectors’ eye

Former Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White may have fallen out of favour with his national selectors, but feels his performance in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League could force a re-think. Firoz Mirza reports.

cricket Updated: May 04, 2012 00:32 IST
Firoz Mirza

Former Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White may have fallen out of favour with his national selectors, but feels his performance in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League could force a re-think.

The powerful hitter, whose vital 46-ball 78 and 45-ball 74, helped the Deccan Chargers complete a double win over Pune Warriors, is relying heavily on his show in the IPL to book a place in the Australia side for the World Twenty20 to be played later in the year.

“The Australian selectors said they would be paying attention to the IPL. I am not sure what that means, but more importantly, I want to play well and give myself an opportunity to get back into the side,” White told HT.

A lot was expected from the all-rounder when he burst on to the scene and comparisons with greats from the past added to the pressure that resulted in an up-and-down stint with the national team.

However, White believes he can still set things right. “Form comes and goes, but it’s all about how quickly you get it back. I have done it earlier, and I believe that I can do it again.”

Touted as a future leg-spin prospect early in his career, White is now sure that he is a batsman first. “Definitely, I am a batting all-rounder these days. Initially, I made my way into the Australia team as a bowling all-rounder but, in the last two years, my batting has taken over,” he said.

Tagged as a Twenty20 specialist, the middle-order batsman doesn’t care about the format of the game. He is happy as long as he is playing cricket, and hopes to break into the side for the World T20.