If the omission of mercurial Glenn Maxwell from Australia’s original squad for their limited-overs squad against England wasn’t surprising enough, the Aussie selectors have dropped another bomb by ignoring Chris Lynn again, and replacing the veteran all-rounder with Cameron White.
Cameron White has been impressive in Big Bash League
The Trevor Hohns-led selection committee have opted to go with Maxwell’s Victoria teammate Cameron White after an impressive display in the ongoing Big Bash League. The Melbourne Renegades-player will link up with the Australia squad ahead of Sunday’s opening fixture at the MCG.
White hasn’t represented Australia since 2015
It must be noted here that the 34-year-old has not represented Australia in any format since 2015 and was last summer involved in a spat with national selector Trevor Hohns. The fight ensued after White had at that time suggested that the Australian side was being treated as a “development team” with Hohns hitting back, describing White’s international career as “nothing earth-shattering”.
Things between the two seem to have improved considerably ever since, with Hohns pointing out White’s BBL form as “impossible to overlook”. “Cameron’s in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He’s playing very well. 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,” Hohns said.
White has notched up impressive numbers in the current BBL season with 285 runs for the Melbourne Renegades. After debuting in the year 2005, White has represented Australia in 88 ODIs, 4 Tests and 47 T20Is over the years.
Coming back to Maxwell, an indication regarding him being out of the national reckoning for the time being was given captain Steve Smith, who last week said that the all-rounder needed to “train a little bit smarter”. Post the jibe, Maxwell also went on record saying that there was no rift with the skipper and that he intends to catch up with Smith the address his comments.