With the World Cup approaching, Australia’s push for consistency in their one-day side has likely seen Cameron White miss his opportunity to cement his place in the side after a dismal three matches in the previous ODI series loss to England.
White played three of the five matches, batting at no.7 once, for 15 runs and at the first drop twice, posting a disappointing 17 and 3. White has conceded that he had a “short window to try and do something” and after failing to do so, with limited short over cricket left before the next international series, White admits that this could be his last chance.
“I definitely feel as though I missed a chance,” White said on Wednesday.
“Anytime you get an opportunity like that and don’t get a big score, it’s a missed opportunity.
“After being dropped for the last game, it’s probably unlikely (I’ll be back). But I’m not really sure.”
With a one day series in the UK in June, selector Trevor Hohns conceded that the make up of that squad will be as close as it will be come to the World Cup 12 months later. With White being overlooked at the recent IPL action, White only has the BBL finals, to try and prove he can add worth to the side.
“I’m not sure about getting some more white-ball cricket before (the series in England). Obviously my next white-ball cricket as it stands at the moment will be the domestic one-day competition at the end of September and into October. That’s a fair way off.”
The debut at No. 3 for Marcus Stoinis also puts White’s comeback in jeopardy, with an impressive 87 in Australia’s 12-run defeat in the fifth and final ODI. Stoinis has been a mainstay in the middle order in 2017, however Australia legend Mike Hussey, believes that Stoinis can be vital at no.3 in Australia World Cup defense, with his powerful hitting and impressive defensive shots.
“Initially I was a bit sceptical about it because I just think he’s so valuable at the back of the innings,” Hussey said.
“But having watched his batting in Perth, batting at No.3 was really impressive. His defence looked really solid, he’s still got the power and all the shots.
“I thought it was actually a really good move and something positive to come out of that game looking forward. I think he could be someone to bat No.3 for Australia.
Australia will be hoping to turn around the disastrous ODI series, with four 20/20 games against England and New Zealand, beginning against New Zealand in Sydney on February 3.