ICC World T20 2012 August 16, 2012

Older, wiser White preferred to Smith

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Cameron White's return to the Australia team can be likened to that of the ageless Brad Hogg - a nod to experience over youth and to suitability for a very specific task, the wresting of the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka in September.

Not given to euphemism or evasion when he speaks publicly about the composition of his teams, the national selector John Inverarity said candidly that White had beaten the young New South Wales allrounder Steve Smith for what was most likely the final place in the squad. He cited White's greater experience - and recent strong touch - as the major reasons.

"I'd say Steve Smith was on the cusp. In the end, Cameron White was preferred to Steve because of Cameron's very good form in the IPL and then again he played for Northants in England and he had some very good innings there," Inverarity said in Perth. "He's in very good form. When he's at his best, he's a very destructive player. He's in good nick at the moment and we're really hoping he'll perform.

"I think Cameron came back into the squad because we thought in a pressure situation with his experience, he might be better than the younger ones. So that was a factor there but generally we've just looked for the best balanced side and the best cricketers."

It was only last summer that White lost his captaincy of the T20 team and his place in the squad altogether, towards the end of a prolonged run of poor batting form and scarcely any bowling. His role in Sri Lanka appears likely to be lower down the order than in the past, providing late innings fireworks and the occasional spell of his flat wrist-spin on the expected low, slow surfaces.

"It's up to George Bailey, the captain, to work out the batting order but I think it's likely to be Matthew Wade probably at six, could well be Cameron White at seven and then either Glenn Maxwell or Dan Christian at eight," Inverarity said. "So there's a lot of depth and there's three left-handers in the top seven so the left-right combination which makes it more difficult for the opposing bowlers.

"There's a lot of potential there. In any form of cricket whether it's Test or T20, wickets in hand is always a good thing so you've just got to get that judgment right. Cameron in the games up in Darwin also bowled well and got some wickets up there. He's just a little bit like [Shahid] Afridi with the spinners that don't turn a lot but are often quite difficult to get away. He could be handy."

Inverarity made it patently clear in announcing his squad for the tournament that there was no real emphasis on the future in this squad. It is a 15-man group compiled entirely to claim the trophy, and to defy Australia's lowly ninth ranking in T20 internationals. There will be a contrast, Inverarity noted, with the teams to be chosen for ODI cricket later on, as the panel continues to assess its options for that format's 2015 World Cup.

"This is a marquee series," Inverarity said. "It is the World Cup, the ICC World T20, so we just picked the best players we could who we think are going to perform best. It will probably be during the ODI games during the Australian summer we'll be looking more to the future, but in this squad we're just looking at the next month.

"Twenty20 cricket is very unpredictable. It really is. If you had a Wimbledon final and instead of the best of five sets, the best of three, I mean it's just a reduced package. So yeah, I think we've got a very good squad, and a very versatile squad. A lot of bowling and a lot of batting, there's a lot of strike power there. So we've got a good chance. Anything could happen, they're prepared and certainly giving it their very best."

As for Hogg, Inverarity said he presented an irresistible case for selection during last summer's BBL and had subsequently backed it up by training and testing very well in comparison to his younger fellow squad members.

"Hogg's done so well. I saw him in the Big Bash last year and he's very fit, he's in really good shape and full of enthusiasm as he always is," Inverarity said. "So we're hoping he does really well. He's continued to do well since the Big Bash League in the IPL in the other T20 leagues around the world, he's done very well.

"He doesn't [look like slowing down]. Not with his enthusiasm, he's very fit. A lot of testing goes on and he comes out pretty well."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Brijesh_Gupta on | August 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Australia have 'a gem of a talented youngster' in Steve Smith and should persist with him in the shorter formats (T20s and ODIs) of the game for a reasonable period to let the youngster be able to express himself.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    michael hussey and dirk nannis must play in the worldcup t20

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | August 17, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    A good inclusion for the 'hit & giggle' format of the game - let's face it, the skill factor decreases with every shortened format of the game. AUS will perform strongly in the World T-20 Championship, but I expect either IND, WI, or PAK to win it. SA will be too preoccupied consolidating the #1 test ranking after putting ENG to the sword in the Lords test, but they'll still be a danger team. ENG will struggle, as they always do at the mere mention of a World Championship or Cup, it's one of the few constants we can rely upon in an otherwise dynamic, ever-changing world.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 17, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    This squad follows along the recommendations of the Argus report, form players selected. Not sure why the hoo-ha with White,he was dropped last year for lack of form & subsequently selected due to his form, so what's the issue? The thing with T20 is that with form fluctuating almost violently in this format, anyone & everyone will get a go.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | August 17, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Neither Smith or White are any good. Time to move on selectors

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | August 17, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    What about Mitch Marsh? Oh, the horror. The horror! Let's hope that I am wrong about Glenn Maxwell but I really think that I am not.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - ahh the delightful angry little man. The word LIKE does not mean as good as, or even near as good. Nobody in their right mind would take that as what Inverarity meant - funny you DID! LOL!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @Meety, I was referring to just before that when White had made 89 off 40 balls vs India in an ODI as well as a couple of ODI hundreds. The ton vs touring English was good but not fluid and he lost form completely a little while later. I think in T20 his mission has always been clear. He should bat like he did for DC and we'll all be happy.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @ whitesXI - cont. So whilst I want an in-form White back in the Oz side, I prefer him down the order, with a very clear mission - hit long! @HatsforBats - assuming my other comment didn't get thru - I sometimes think that White needs to have a clear situation to be effective. If we have say 4 overs to go & 50 to win, he'll go for the big hit, but if we are batting first & are 2/80 after 10 overs, he doesn't seem to know (mainly from ODI matches) whether to consolidate or keep on attacking. My point being I like him at #6 or #7, the mission is clearer!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Dashgar - I'm happy for White to be back in the side & fully agree that he is not really "grizzled", however, back when Punter & Pup were doing it tough, so was White, he couldn't hit a ball off the square. I know he got a ton against the touring Poms, but if you watched that innings, you'd have to say he rode his luck. I do believe he is coming into form & that is a TIMELY thing for Oz in all formats (although I'd want to see at least ONE big shield summer before he'd get another Test chance. @whitesXI - I agree that inconsistancies can be highlighted for many instances over the recent past. For a while I thought that White was going to be a better batsmen than Symonds in the big hitting middle order role, but then he just overnight became scratchy & I lost any confidence in him. For all his being credited as a thinking captain, I think sometimes he thinks too much as a batsmen & whilst it maybe that he is getting his eye in, sometimes he looks like he doesn't know what to do.

  • POSTED BY Brijesh_Gupta on | August 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Australia have 'a gem of a talented youngster' in Steve Smith and should persist with him in the shorter formats (T20s and ODIs) of the game for a reasonable period to let the youngster be able to express himself.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    michael hussey and dirk nannis must play in the worldcup t20

  • POSTED BY thebrotherswaugh on | August 17, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    A good inclusion for the 'hit & giggle' format of the game - let's face it, the skill factor decreases with every shortened format of the game. AUS will perform strongly in the World T-20 Championship, but I expect either IND, WI, or PAK to win it. SA will be too preoccupied consolidating the #1 test ranking after putting ENG to the sword in the Lords test, but they'll still be a danger team. ENG will struggle, as they always do at the mere mention of a World Championship or Cup, it's one of the few constants we can rely upon in an otherwise dynamic, ever-changing world.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | August 17, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    This squad follows along the recommendations of the Argus report, form players selected. Not sure why the hoo-ha with White,he was dropped last year for lack of form & subsequently selected due to his form, so what's the issue? The thing with T20 is that with form fluctuating almost violently in this format, anyone & everyone will get a go.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | August 17, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Neither Smith or White are any good. Time to move on selectors

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | August 17, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    What about Mitch Marsh? Oh, the horror. The horror! Let's hope that I am wrong about Glenn Maxwell but I really think that I am not.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - ahh the delightful angry little man. The word LIKE does not mean as good as, or even near as good. Nobody in their right mind would take that as what Inverarity meant - funny you DID! LOL!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @Meety, I was referring to just before that when White had made 89 off 40 balls vs India in an ODI as well as a couple of ODI hundreds. The ton vs touring English was good but not fluid and he lost form completely a little while later. I think in T20 his mission has always been clear. He should bat like he did for DC and we'll all be happy.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @ whitesXI - cont. So whilst I want an in-form White back in the Oz side, I prefer him down the order, with a very clear mission - hit long! @HatsforBats - assuming my other comment didn't get thru - I sometimes think that White needs to have a clear situation to be effective. If we have say 4 overs to go & 50 to win, he'll go for the big hit, but if we are batting first & are 2/80 after 10 overs, he doesn't seem to know (mainly from ODI matches) whether to consolidate or keep on attacking. My point being I like him at #6 or #7, the mission is clearer!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Dashgar - I'm happy for White to be back in the side & fully agree that he is not really "grizzled", however, back when Punter & Pup were doing it tough, so was White, he couldn't hit a ball off the square. I know he got a ton against the touring Poms, but if you watched that innings, you'd have to say he rode his luck. I do believe he is coming into form & that is a TIMELY thing for Oz in all formats (although I'd want to see at least ONE big shield summer before he'd get another Test chance. @whitesXI - I agree that inconsistancies can be highlighted for many instances over the recent past. For a while I thought that White was going to be a better batsmen than Symonds in the big hitting middle order role, but then he just overnight became scratchy & I lost any confidence in him. For all his being credited as a thinking captain, I think sometimes he thinks too much as a batsmen & whilst it maybe that he is getting his eye in, sometimes he looks like he doesn't know what to do.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | August 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @ whitesXI; I totally agree with White being better placed at the top of the order, though I'm sure there will be some tactical flexibility in the order depending on form, conditions, & opposition. Regardless, great to see White back in form after a horror run with the bat, he is definitley amongst the best in this form of the game when on song.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | August 16, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I could not understand this comment from John Inverarity 'He's just a little bit like [Shahid] Afridi with the spinners that don't turn a lot but are often quite difficult to get away. He could be handy." Are you serious? You are comparing someone like White who has been tried, tested and failed with Afridi who has been playing cricket since 1997 and has won many battles against so called walls nd Gods. Lets get real and please compare apples with apples! Australian selection speaks of desperation..It is full of half fit and aged players. I mean Brad Hogg is now Australia's best spinner! Pakistan has won one T20 WC, was runner up in the other and no other team has achieved that..You are playing against a team that has batsmen naturally suited to T20...Australia has missed a trick..They should have included Steve Smith who plays spin well as well as Ryan Harris who has good record against Pak and more importantly Shaun Marsh. Carmerson White is a walking wicket against Ajmal's Teesra!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    White did find his mojo in IPL and refound some of is best form now.. He should be used in the team if he is in same vein..

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 16, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    I don't like the idea of White batting at 7. Because of his big hitting people think lower order for White, but to be honest White needs an over to get his eye in, so is better at 3 or 4. Wade and Maxwell on the other hand, if a loose ball is bowled first up they can hit it for six. @Dashgar agree 100%, i get alot of negative feedback about my obvious bias (fair call too, I am biased. who isn't?) but the fact is White was AUS' best run scorer in 2010 since then Ponting Haddin Clarke even M Hussey fell out of form yet were given many chances while White has had 1 poor form slump (admittedly very very poor in domestic season) and got dropped despite his international form being well on track. Plus his replacements of S Marsh, Forrest, Bailey and Smith haven't set the world on fire. Same for Ferguson, Forrest queue jumped after 3 shield tons so was picked in ODI's despite Ferguson being one of the highest run scorers in ryobi cup (well ahead of Forrest)???

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    No problem with Smith being left out of the side - he's been given a lot of chances and has yet to fulfill his potential. He'd do well to have another full season of domestic cricket to work on his game - his bowling in particular needs a lot of work. Good to see Hogg back in the side. I'd love to see him resume his international career, but I guess we'll see how things go after this tournament.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 16, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Ahh, the grizzled veteran White. He's actually younger than George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan, only 3 years older than Warner and Khawaja and 2 years older than Peter Forrest. In other words of all the "new blood" being brought into the side he is amongst them when it comes to age. A few years ago White was close to the best batsman in Australia when Clarke and Ponting were going through a big slump. Now he's almost forgotten but with good performances here could rework himself into the national team, not just in T20 but ODIs and even Tests as well.

  • POSTED BY ankitth on | August 16, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    you people are joking ,my including glenn maxwell,who hardly knows how to play in sub continent pitches?? and dane christian once again after poor btting performances in the last concluded series?wher on earth is mitchell marsh?he probably is the best young lad in the country,head and sholders above all the others mentiond,both in temperament and class!!!lets see what maxwell does against the ajmal doosra" in pakistan series.am sure selectors are gonna feel for picking up this squad!poor aussies

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  • POSTED BY ankitth on | August 16, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    you people are joking ,my including glenn maxwell,who hardly knows how to play in sub continent pitches?? and dane christian once again after poor btting performances in the last concluded series?wher on earth is mitchell marsh?he probably is the best young lad in the country,head and sholders above all the others mentiond,both in temperament and class!!!lets see what maxwell does against the ajmal doosra" in pakistan series.am sure selectors are gonna feel for picking up this squad!poor aussies

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 16, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Ahh, the grizzled veteran White. He's actually younger than George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan, only 3 years older than Warner and Khawaja and 2 years older than Peter Forrest. In other words of all the "new blood" being brought into the side he is amongst them when it comes to age. A few years ago White was close to the best batsman in Australia when Clarke and Ponting were going through a big slump. Now he's almost forgotten but with good performances here could rework himself into the national team, not just in T20 but ODIs and even Tests as well.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    No problem with Smith being left out of the side - he's been given a lot of chances and has yet to fulfill his potential. He'd do well to have another full season of domestic cricket to work on his game - his bowling in particular needs a lot of work. Good to see Hogg back in the side. I'd love to see him resume his international career, but I guess we'll see how things go after this tournament.

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | August 16, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    I don't like the idea of White batting at 7. Because of his big hitting people think lower order for White, but to be honest White needs an over to get his eye in, so is better at 3 or 4. Wade and Maxwell on the other hand, if a loose ball is bowled first up they can hit it for six. @Dashgar agree 100%, i get alot of negative feedback about my obvious bias (fair call too, I am biased. who isn't?) but the fact is White was AUS' best run scorer in 2010 since then Ponting Haddin Clarke even M Hussey fell out of form yet were given many chances while White has had 1 poor form slump (admittedly very very poor in domestic season) and got dropped despite his international form being well on track. Plus his replacements of S Marsh, Forrest, Bailey and Smith haven't set the world on fire. Same for Ferguson, Forrest queue jumped after 3 shield tons so was picked in ODI's despite Ferguson being one of the highest run scorers in ryobi cup (well ahead of Forrest)???

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | August 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    White did find his mojo in IPL and refound some of is best form now.. He should be used in the team if he is in same vein..

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | August 16, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I could not understand this comment from John Inverarity 'He's just a little bit like [Shahid] Afridi with the spinners that don't turn a lot but are often quite difficult to get away. He could be handy." Are you serious? You are comparing someone like White who has been tried, tested and failed with Afridi who has been playing cricket since 1997 and has won many battles against so called walls nd Gods. Lets get real and please compare apples with apples! Australian selection speaks of desperation..It is full of half fit and aged players. I mean Brad Hogg is now Australia's best spinner! Pakistan has won one T20 WC, was runner up in the other and no other team has achieved that..You are playing against a team that has batsmen naturally suited to T20...Australia has missed a trick..They should have included Steve Smith who plays spin well as well as Ryan Harris who has good record against Pak and more importantly Shaun Marsh. Carmerson White is a walking wicket against Ajmal's Teesra!

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | August 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @ whitesXI; I totally agree with White being better placed at the top of the order, though I'm sure there will be some tactical flexibility in the order depending on form, conditions, & opposition. Regardless, great to see White back in form after a horror run with the bat, he is definitley amongst the best in this form of the game when on song.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Dashgar - I'm happy for White to be back in the side & fully agree that he is not really "grizzled", however, back when Punter & Pup were doing it tough, so was White, he couldn't hit a ball off the square. I know he got a ton against the touring Poms, but if you watched that innings, you'd have to say he rode his luck. I do believe he is coming into form & that is a TIMELY thing for Oz in all formats (although I'd want to see at least ONE big shield summer before he'd get another Test chance. @whitesXI - I agree that inconsistancies can be highlighted for many instances over the recent past. For a while I thought that White was going to be a better batsmen than Symonds in the big hitting middle order role, but then he just overnight became scratchy & I lost any confidence in him. For all his being credited as a thinking captain, I think sometimes he thinks too much as a batsmen & whilst it maybe that he is getting his eye in, sometimes he looks like he doesn't know what to do.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @ whitesXI - cont. So whilst I want an in-form White back in the Oz side, I prefer him down the order, with a very clear mission - hit long! @HatsforBats - assuming my other comment didn't get thru - I sometimes think that White needs to have a clear situation to be effective. If we have say 4 overs to go & 50 to win, he'll go for the big hit, but if we are batting first & are 2/80 after 10 overs, he doesn't seem to know (mainly from ODI matches) whether to consolidate or keep on attacking. My point being I like him at #6 or #7, the mission is clearer!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | August 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @Meety, I was referring to just before that when White had made 89 off 40 balls vs India in an ODI as well as a couple of ODI hundreds. The ton vs touring English was good but not fluid and he lost form completely a little while later. I think in T20 his mission has always been clear. He should bat like he did for DC and we'll all be happy.