March 22, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

White needs heavy remedial work on technique

George Binoy

If the selectors omit Cameron White for the quarter-final against India on Thursday, this may bring his international career to an abrupt halt. He has had a poor World Cup and I feel he needs to get home and reassess what he wants to do with his cricket, writes Dean Jones in the Sydney Morning Herald.

His whole career needs to be looked at by his coaches and some honest thinking will be required if he wants to go to another level. Since White has stopped bowling, extra pressure has been put on his batting, which has suffered of late. White can learn from Michael Bevan's mistakes. Bevan won two Man-of-the-Match awards in Test cricket for his bowling. Bevan always wanted to be remembered as a batsman and gave away his ''chinaman'' deliveries, thus letting his ego get in the way of his selection. White needs to bowl and get his confidence back.

Writing in the Australian after the defeat to Pakistan, Ricky Ponting says, "You never want to lose, but in a bizarre way I don't think a loss at this stage will hurt us at all."

It feels like the World Cup proper has finally started and it's not before time. The lead-up to this point has been long and trying, too much waiting around and not enough cricket. You like to build up to your best form in a tournament like this, but the way this one has gone it has been almost impossible for us to get up any momentum.

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