September 7, 2013

Lost white hope

Once Australia's next big thing, Cameron White finds his international career more or less done and dusted, and with no takers for his main suit, captaincy
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When he was a teenager, people said Cameron White was the next Warne, who could bat and might captain Australia. It was a lot to carry.

White looked like he could carry it. Until you're standing near him, you don't quite get the full effect. His nickname is from a polar bear that appears in rum ads. Which when you're close to him you fully understand. He's not built like a batsman, or even a cricketer. He's built more like a gym-body beach bum.

His shoulders are epic. White is constantly pulling at his sleeves. It is probably a tic from a lifetime of ill-fitting shirts. He has what sports commentators like to refer to as an impressive frame. He looks like he could pick up most cricketers and toss them back over his shoulder just for fun.

If that's what he looks like, it's often the complete opposite of how he actually is on the field.

When White bowls he seems one ball away from breakdown. A stock ball that produces few worries. He relies on pushing his even straighter ball through a bit quicker and trapping a player back on the crease. It is a risky practice. And unless you have the genius of Anil Kumble, you are going to fail more than you succeed. The only way it works is if you believe in your method completely. It seemed like White never has. At times of late, he has even resorted to medium pace. Giving up legspin for medium pace is the last resort of any leggie.

When White bats he has two modes. Angel of death or dead duck. Early on he always looks one full and straight ball away from a dismissal. Other men with his power intimidate bowlers, but unlike Symonds or Watson, White can look awkward and out of place in the middle. Until he hits the ball long and straight, his innings seem to be played with a handbrake on. When he does take a ball long, he often leaves his bat up for a good few seconds. On other batsmen it looks arrogant. For White, it is almost surprise at what he can do.

There is not a bowler on earth that he can't lift down the ground and into the stands. Most of them well beyond that. When he is in a purple patch of form, your best chance of getting him caught is in the second tier. And once in that form, the good form can last for months. Unfortunately, the bad form can last just as long. And he has seemingly no middle ground.

The only time you see White as he should be is in the field. If he's unsure as a bowler and flawed as a batsman, as a captain he's a king. David Hookes was given great credit for giving White the captaincy at such a young age, but Hookes would have been pronounced blind had he not seen the phenomenal tactical nous of White.

White reads cricket as well as any modern player. It has not been taught by coaches or academies, it is a natural gift. To see him in the field is to see a captain as one should be. Upbeat, attacking, in charge, active, and ahead of the game. In limited- overs cricket he understands angles about as well as any captain. He has the energy and spirit of a young captain who is not scarred despite ten years of professional captaincy. For captaincy nerds, it is worth just watching him in the field. He's Shane Warne 2.0 without the "all lost to win" attitude in every game. Results-wise he is the best captain Victoria have ever had, and he's still only 30.

From the start of his international career he was in the circle, giving Ponting advice. Sometimes Ponting liked it, sometimes it appeared as if he had a headache. Before, Ponting had listened to titans of Australian cricket - Gilchrist, Lehmann and Warne. Now a young kid who looked like he'd got lost on the way back from a beach was yapping at him, and pointing to all the places he thought Ponting should be attacking or defending.

Australia thought so much of White that when Michael Clarke stepped down from T20 cricket, White took the job. It wasn't a big surprise. He had led Victoria as they dominated Australian domestic T20 cricket. He broke records in English T20 cricket, and was one of the first players tapped on the shoulder for the IPL. He was known to most as a captain before he was known as a cricketer.

White's reign was short. Six games. As a batsman he struggled due to one of his hauntingly long form lapses. He never bowled. Soon he was out of the ODI team and lost his role as captain. White has not played ODI cricket since 2011, and was not in the current T20 side to play England.

At one stage he was future Warne. At another, future Australia Test captain. Now he is a very occasional bowler who will barely be remembered as a former Australia T20 captain. If he ever could have put the confidence and belief he had in captaincy into the rest of his game, he would have become the sort of Australian cricketer their team needs so much now. He has elements of the three kinds of cricketers Australia want most. A spinner. A batsman. And a leader.

At 30, he has been replaced as Victoria's captain. Matthew Wade has taken the job. It is a massive move to dump the second-most successful captain in Shield cricket when he is only 30. But it is only partly about White.

The only time you see White as he should be is in the field. If he's unsure as a bowler, and flawed as a batsman, as a captain he's a king

Cricket Victoria felt the indirect pressure of Cricket Australia to provide Australia with a potential future captain. There is a leadership gap in Australian cricket, and Cricket Victoria (Cricket New South Wales replaced Simon Katich with Stephen O'Keeffe) is trying to fill it. Wade is a fighter, someone who has overcome cancer and a poor wicketkeeping technique to make it as Australia's first-choice keeper, right up until the Ashes. Yet the major reason Brad Haddin was brought back was for leadership. Which seems odd, considering Wade's new job.

In the push for youth and magic potions, Cricket Australia have often discarded their strength, a strong Sheffield Shield competition. Their tampering with the Futures League was a disaster that they are rectifying. Cricket Australia constantly rewards youth over skill and experience. While some would love it if the kids all had a go, if the kids all have a go and there is no one around to test them, what is the point? What will they learn playing in Cricket Australia's indirect age-group series? This pressure on the states to find leaders is just another short-term fix that won't help. Wade, 25, is a potential leader. White, 30, is out.

The only problem is, Australian Test captains rarely come from Shield cricket these days. Australian captains are picked from within the team. Mostly from the players who have played several years of international cricket, which makes them unavailable for Shield cricket. Border, Taylor, Waugh, Ponting and Clarke didn't get to play entire seasons as Shield captains. Perhaps with the exception of Taylor, they really learnt the job as second in charge of the Test team, or through captaining the limited-overs sides.

With Haddin averaging 22 in his comeback series, the chances are Wade will be the keeper in all three formats and he'll barely captain Victoria. With Haddin out of the side, if the Australian team really rate Wade, he'd be made vice-captain of the Test side. If Victoria really wanted to replace White with a potential future captain who could get invaluable experience, they'd be better off with Alex Keath or Peter Hanscomb. They are both older than White was when he took over from Darren Berry.

Or they could have left White there to help develop the next generation of cricketers. Other than as an occasional member of the limited-overs side, the one thing that White can still give Australian cricket is his captaincy. Not at the international level but at domestic. A young first-class batsman should be examined by a smart captain. Poking at a technique that has been largely untested in age-group cricket and academies. A Victorian bowler with promise being mentored by an expert. A player trying to get back into the Test team up against a captain who knows how to make him struggle.

White's batting and bowling might not have been Test quality, but his captaincy is. The one thing he did best, the one way he could continue to help Australian cricket, is now being taken out of Shield cricket. How soon before he drifts into the life of a T20 freelancer and is virtually lost to Australian cricket altogether?

You'd think a country that is having so many problems producing skilled cricketers would be a little more hesitant to throw away the ones they have. A few days after his 30th birthday, Australian cricket has started to distance itself from one of its lost generation. In doing so, they continue to lose.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • Windyhill on September 11, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Having watched Cameron White twice win one-dayers for the Vics against Queensland not as a batsman or bowler, but as a brilliant fieldsman and Captain, I will continue to turn up at the Gabba to watch the "Bear" in the hope I'll see just a moment of inspired cricket to enliven the usually dull progression that are one-dayers and T20's.

    Hopefully the year of the Bear is 2013/14.......even if only at domestic level.

  • on September 10, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Ipl made many cricketers good but it has also ruined careers of good talented cricketers, he is one of them.

  • yorkaus on September 10, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @OneEyesAussie. Maybe the IPL has a little to do with it, but I also think a lack of 1st class cricket can be attributed to playing 50 over cricket for Australia. Being around the squad meant White missed a lot of first class cricket a few years back, when he did play 1st class cricket during those years, he was among the top averages, but due to lack of games, did not get the big runs. Makes you wonder what 2 full seasons of 1st class cricket would have done for him rather than game after game of 50 over cricket.

  • OneEyedAussie on September 9, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    If you look at it superficially, White's story is not that different from that of Hayden, Langer and Martyn. All of them were young "next big things" who failed on the international stage early in their career and were consequently discarded. The only difference is White has not gone back to FC cricket and piled on the runs. The obvious answer is that the lure of Indian cash has disincentivised players like White from developing their long-form games - how close that is the truth only people like White can say.

  • willharry on September 9, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    A major factor in the decision to dump him is his poor form for Victoria. Whilst I agree that his leadership adds great value, unfortunately his runs have been so poor for the last few years that he is no longer guaranteed of a spot. Take the captaincy away - let him focus on his batting but also make him droppable at the hands of the Vic selectors. .

    A shame all round; an amazing talent that never quite made it.

  • husseybukhari on September 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    it all shows no matter how good a captain is, his consistency is half the teams confidence. He has proved time and again that his captaincy is top level, but converting those "handbrake on" innings into match winning performances have been too few and far in between. Yes Australia needs to groom a captain, but at 30, its not Australias fault for looking away from him. I think he was given ample time and enough chances for him to prove himself. Making him captain, even when his form was nowhere near consistent shows how much faith they showed in him. Hes a world class player, but one, who failed to make the most of the faith showed in him and in his abilities. Great article Mr. Kimber

  • on September 8, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great article!

  • on September 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    It's a crying shame White wasn't tried as number three ahead of Quiney at least. In that horrible, horrible Summer when nobody had any answers to the English bowlers White ground out an ugly but stoic ton against Tremlett and Bresnan for Australia A, much like he did when playing as a replacement number 3 in the ODIs against England. I think the mistake with White in the national team has been putting him down the order. Don't ask me why, but he seems to perform when he's up the order, in the deep end and under pressure. He was briefly one of the top ICC ODI batsmen until he was dropped back to 6-7 and then he was back to hitting out and getting out in short order.

  • on September 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    After haddins last series..."Chances are wade will be keeper in all 3 formats" kimber please read gilchrists article on haddin or look at the stat most dismissals in a series ever. Research before putting pen to paper

  • on September 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Just another flat track bully whose style & skills were built for the game that ultimately consigned him to be just another after-ran: T20. No substance and little more than a roller.

  • Windyhill on September 11, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Having watched Cameron White twice win one-dayers for the Vics against Queensland not as a batsman or bowler, but as a brilliant fieldsman and Captain, I will continue to turn up at the Gabba to watch the "Bear" in the hope I'll see just a moment of inspired cricket to enliven the usually dull progression that are one-dayers and T20's.

    Hopefully the year of the Bear is 2013/14.......even if only at domestic level.

  • on September 10, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Ipl made many cricketers good but it has also ruined careers of good talented cricketers, he is one of them.

  • yorkaus on September 10, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @OneEyesAussie. Maybe the IPL has a little to do with it, but I also think a lack of 1st class cricket can be attributed to playing 50 over cricket for Australia. Being around the squad meant White missed a lot of first class cricket a few years back, when he did play 1st class cricket during those years, he was among the top averages, but due to lack of games, did not get the big runs. Makes you wonder what 2 full seasons of 1st class cricket would have done for him rather than game after game of 50 over cricket.

  • OneEyedAussie on September 9, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    If you look at it superficially, White's story is not that different from that of Hayden, Langer and Martyn. All of them were young "next big things" who failed on the international stage early in their career and were consequently discarded. The only difference is White has not gone back to FC cricket and piled on the runs. The obvious answer is that the lure of Indian cash has disincentivised players like White from developing their long-form games - how close that is the truth only people like White can say.

  • willharry on September 9, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    A major factor in the decision to dump him is his poor form for Victoria. Whilst I agree that his leadership adds great value, unfortunately his runs have been so poor for the last few years that he is no longer guaranteed of a spot. Take the captaincy away - let him focus on his batting but also make him droppable at the hands of the Vic selectors. .

    A shame all round; an amazing talent that never quite made it.

  • husseybukhari on September 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    it all shows no matter how good a captain is, his consistency is half the teams confidence. He has proved time and again that his captaincy is top level, but converting those "handbrake on" innings into match winning performances have been too few and far in between. Yes Australia needs to groom a captain, but at 30, its not Australias fault for looking away from him. I think he was given ample time and enough chances for him to prove himself. Making him captain, even when his form was nowhere near consistent shows how much faith they showed in him. Hes a world class player, but one, who failed to make the most of the faith showed in him and in his abilities. Great article Mr. Kimber

  • on September 8, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great article!

  • on September 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    It's a crying shame White wasn't tried as number three ahead of Quiney at least. In that horrible, horrible Summer when nobody had any answers to the English bowlers White ground out an ugly but stoic ton against Tremlett and Bresnan for Australia A, much like he did when playing as a replacement number 3 in the ODIs against England. I think the mistake with White in the national team has been putting him down the order. Don't ask me why, but he seems to perform when he's up the order, in the deep end and under pressure. He was briefly one of the top ICC ODI batsmen until he was dropped back to 6-7 and then he was back to hitting out and getting out in short order.

  • on September 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    After haddins last series..."Chances are wade will be keeper in all 3 formats" kimber please read gilchrists article on haddin or look at the stat most dismissals in a series ever. Research before putting pen to paper

  • on September 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Just another flat track bully whose style & skills were built for the game that ultimately consigned him to be just another after-ran: T20. No substance and little more than a roller.

  • RJHB on September 8, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    A great disappointment has been White. Never developed the bowling, never bowled enough, that was his ticket.

  • bobagorof on September 8, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    My lasting memory of White is from a Mercantile Mutual one-day domestic match many years ago. White was the fielding captain, and was bowling. The opposition batsmen took off for a quick run, and in the process collided with White as he moved about after his follow-through. White's Victorian team-mate threw the stumps down from the field. Despite White having impeded the batsman, he appealed for a run-out. I have disliked him ever since. This is not the sort of sportsmanship that should be hailed in Australian cricket, let alone leading the national side.

  • CalvinHobbes_123 on September 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Just 4 Tests in India, & that's it.. The Test career is over, no further opportunities!! With the current set of batsmen looking absolutely mediocre, Cameron might actually trump them.. Add his leadership skills, & with Clarke having a dodgy back, while Watson having opted out of captaincy, it's strange that Cameron's being overlooked by the Aussie selectors!!

  • RohanMarkJay on September 7, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    I haven't really kept up with the goings on in Australian cricket since the 1990s, when I lived there. It seems the cupboard is bare of the talent that was coming through then. Nice article. Jarrod Kimber.

  • Viswesh.cricket on September 7, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    When I first saw White play for the Bushrangers many years back, I got the feeling he was a very useful and thinking cricketer. I am a huge fan of White. I remember the ODI against India where he smashed bowlers all around. Watching White play with a straight bat, is a treat to the eyes. Though he underperformed in the IPL, his services were key to Sunrisers who in Sangakkara's absence found the best replacement in White. Over the last few innings that he played, I felt that White became conscious of his own drawbacks. He became over defensive in his approach and ended up with low scores. For a man who thrived on aggressive play, all seems lost at that point. I still have hope for White, though. I am quite sure that he can make a comeback to Aussie colours. With the kind of transition that Australian cricket is going through, having White around will only help Australia. As the old adage goes, form is temporary but class is permanent. White will always remain in a class of his own.

  • ad2810 on September 7, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    It was a good idea to have an article about him, considering the australian youth's failur to deliver when it counts (Philip Hughes, Usman Khawaja) and when experience had paid off Chris Rogers and Micheal Clarke. Australia needs some fire power that doesnt go hit or out

  • dirtydozen on September 7, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    dropping white's captaincy might be a blessing in disguise as well. Now he can purely concentrate in his batting/ bowling as he will not captain the team. So it can help him regain his form and if he performs well in the fc games he can replace watson as a batting allrounder whenever he is injured or play @ no 5 and place smith @ 6. for me this is the best test squad available .

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    With a first class average of 40, plenty of experience of english conditions, and able to bowl a bit too, I'm surprised he hasn't edged out some of the rather mediocre batsman we've seen this summer from the test team, never mind a T20 team.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 7, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @ball_boy, that's because he hasn't been able to buy even a single run for the past 2 seasons, 10 is a 100 for him at the moment.

  • CricketChat on September 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Perfect description of White, the player, by the author. T20 is the only format where White belongs these days. Even there, he contributes only once every 5-6 matches. He could never become consistent in any of the formats when given opportunities. Obviously, Aussie selectors have decided to invest in someone else.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    " if the Australian team really rate Wade..." - Well they are the only ones that do, considering how poor a wicket keeper he is. Brad Haddin is far better, almost as good as Matt Prior. For keeping quality alone, Tim Paine is better than both Haddin and Wade.

    Cameron White was a good one-day player. Despite his good first-class record, he wasn't given a lot of opportunities in Test matches.

  • on September 7, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    A travesty not having Wade deputise under White until he is ready enough for when it comes down to a toss-up between himself and Steve Smith for the Test role. Maybe White'll find some streak of form yet, do a Dave Hussey and skipper a county side indefinitely if Vics don't have the good sense to keep him in the role. Keep em coming, Jarrod.

  • anton1234 on September 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I think we can dismiss Cameron White the bowler, but his batting is good enough for him to play as a specialist batsman in the ODI and T20 Aussie sides.

  • siddhartha87 on September 7, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    well white deserves one more chance. I remember him scoring quickly and heavily in ODI s 3-4 years ago after departure of Symonds. Played an epic 80 run innings in a t20 in Sri Lanka as well.His one day average is 35 + . I don't think he is bad player at all. He will comeback in my opinion do some heavy damage with bat again.

  • Simoc on September 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    White is certainly one of the more notable flops in memory. You could guarantee failure in the big games. No doubt about the ability but not a big time performer.

  • smudgeon on September 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Not sure on what basis Haddin will be dropped (I am surprised to find myself defending someone I've never liked, but anyway). Apart from a few hiccups with the gloves, he looked like a man 10 years younger. He was on the wrong end of a couple of umpire's calls, and didn't look too bad with the bat. In addition to this, CA really value his experience and presence in a team that is lacking experience and the knowledge of how to win. Wade will be back in, but I didn't see anything to suggest Haddin's dumping from the team based on recent performance is in any way a given.

  • anton1234 on September 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Why has Cameron White been dropped from The T20 and ODI squads and instead they have mediocre players like Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey?

  • ball_boy on September 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    another person forgotten Peter Forrest played well against india now not heard anymore

  • ball_boy on September 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    When the CA can cajole players like Ashton Agar,Fawad Ahmed,David Warner,and continuosly fumble on picking consistently Mathew Wade they can definitely have a look at Cameron white allow him to play at a preferred position and his natural game you will have a second Watson or a Mike hussy Come on just allow the man a span of a year he will repay the faith,all he needs is to get some confidence infused in him like Shane WatsonPonting backed him,Clarke didnt players like these are more now in every country all they need is backing back till it pay dividend or burn your hand.By now phil hughes has been given too much backing there are some signs of him coming of age now dont cut him off and then back somebody again to go through the entire process.If anything blame the CA for cutting off the Shield tournamentSo at this point give these guys backing till 2015 and for test till 2016 U Khwaja,C White,P HUghes,D Warner,Lyon,Bailey,T Paine M Wade

  • MrKricket on September 7, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    I'm amazed he's still only 30 and we've written him off. Huss only made his Test debut at 30. If Clarke is forced to retire due to his back it's got to be out of White or Bailey for Test captain? I always liked the guy - the ability of Watson without the attitude.

  • on September 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Kimber you really love bashing Australia don't you? It's getting tiresome.... Wade has been tipped as a future leader and you act like this means White is no longer going to be playing for Victoria, which is very unlikely... With Wade likely to be back in Aussie colours as a batsman or keeper, notably Wade was one of few batsman to average around 50 last season, it seems more of a symbolic change than an actual one, much like Clarkes captaincy of NSW... Not to mention Whites poor form for Vic over the past couple of years, it may actually be a good move for him... My only hope is that Handscomb's development isn't hampered as a result...

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  • on September 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    IMO he should still be captain of the 20/20 side, his record and captaincy is better than George Bailey. Not sure why Australia didnt back him more (when he lost form) in 20/20 as he is one of Australias best in the 20/20 format.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 7, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    He is not gone, if he perfoms, he is in. Also, he is still useful to cricket victoria, just because he isn't captain doesn't mean he isn't there to help.

  • on September 7, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Cameron White is my favorite!!Maybe I am one of those few who are die-hard fans of him!I know his capability as I watch him playing every time especially for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.I still believe in him and I know that he will comeback in ODIs and T20Is!!! :)

  • on September 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I believe White should be a part of Australian team given his recent form he displayed for Northants during this season. Also he performed well in the previous 2 IPL seasons. He should be given a chance at least in T20's and ODI's where he did not perform too badly before being dropped by Australia. Problem with White as stated by the Author is that he bats only in two gears. Either he will block everything which is not his natural game or he will hit out. Having observed his batting, I believe it will be for the best if White goes out there and expresses himself playing his natural game whatever be the state of the game as he is an amazing hitter of the cricket ball. Also, he has an astute mind which should be available to help Clarke or Bailey at all times. One of the best slip fielders. He should be there in this Aussie side which is not too brimming with talent at the moment. Maybe at the place of Adam Voges is the best slot for White in this present Aussie line-up.

  • VVSR92 on September 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Though white captaining australia again seems impossible , he can still be a dangerous batsmen for them especillay in T20 format . The aussie team for wct20 would be selected based on bbl03 performances that does not rule him out of international set up . He looks out of place when poor but he is a match wnner when on song . Rather than playing guys who can perform decent and not win matches its better of gambling with big "bear" . If he hits purple patch and continues for a years time he could force his way into wc 2015 side , he is capable & hope he does deliver to entartain neutrals . Ofcourse if his captaincy skills are not utilized its aussies loss .

  • on September 7, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Jarrod Kimber, what makes you think Brad Haddin will be dropped, merely because he is averaging 22. Who took the game so close at Trent Bridge? Who contributed vital quick runs at Manchester and Thr Oval? At Durham he got a dubious lbw in the crucial second dig Just one bad test at Lord's and you feel He should be jettisoned back to NSW? He is a much better keeper than Wade and the perfect #7 given that he is a superb hitter of spin And Tim Paine should be The next keeper. Test class

  • Vpd23 on September 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Hi Whitee, We need guys like you...Get back on board and STAY FOR GOOD. Do have quite little chat with Hussey in the meantime. 'Middle' is his second or rather his first name.

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  • Vpd23 on September 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Hi Whitee, We need guys like you...Get back on board and STAY FOR GOOD. Do have quite little chat with Hussey in the meantime. 'Middle' is his second or rather his first name.

  • on September 7, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Jarrod Kimber, what makes you think Brad Haddin will be dropped, merely because he is averaging 22. Who took the game so close at Trent Bridge? Who contributed vital quick runs at Manchester and Thr Oval? At Durham he got a dubious lbw in the crucial second dig Just one bad test at Lord's and you feel He should be jettisoned back to NSW? He is a much better keeper than Wade and the perfect #7 given that he is a superb hitter of spin And Tim Paine should be The next keeper. Test class

  • VVSR92 on September 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Though white captaining australia again seems impossible , he can still be a dangerous batsmen for them especillay in T20 format . The aussie team for wct20 would be selected based on bbl03 performances that does not rule him out of international set up . He looks out of place when poor but he is a match wnner when on song . Rather than playing guys who can perform decent and not win matches its better of gambling with big "bear" . If he hits purple patch and continues for a years time he could force his way into wc 2015 side , he is capable & hope he does deliver to entartain neutrals . Ofcourse if his captaincy skills are not utilized its aussies loss .

  • on September 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I believe White should be a part of Australian team given his recent form he displayed for Northants during this season. Also he performed well in the previous 2 IPL seasons. He should be given a chance at least in T20's and ODI's where he did not perform too badly before being dropped by Australia. Problem with White as stated by the Author is that he bats only in two gears. Either he will block everything which is not his natural game or he will hit out. Having observed his batting, I believe it will be for the best if White goes out there and expresses himself playing his natural game whatever be the state of the game as he is an amazing hitter of the cricket ball. Also, he has an astute mind which should be available to help Clarke or Bailey at all times. One of the best slip fielders. He should be there in this Aussie side which is not too brimming with talent at the moment. Maybe at the place of Adam Voges is the best slot for White in this present Aussie line-up.

  • on September 7, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Cameron White is my favorite!!Maybe I am one of those few who are die-hard fans of him!I know his capability as I watch him playing every time especially for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.I still believe in him and I know that he will comeback in ODIs and T20Is!!! :)

  • xtrafalgarx on September 7, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    He is not gone, if he perfoms, he is in. Also, he is still useful to cricket victoria, just because he isn't captain doesn't mean he isn't there to help.

  • on September 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    IMO he should still be captain of the 20/20 side, his record and captaincy is better than George Bailey. Not sure why Australia didnt back him more (when he lost form) in 20/20 as he is one of Australias best in the 20/20 format.

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  • on September 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Kimber you really love bashing Australia don't you? It's getting tiresome.... Wade has been tipped as a future leader and you act like this means White is no longer going to be playing for Victoria, which is very unlikely... With Wade likely to be back in Aussie colours as a batsman or keeper, notably Wade was one of few batsman to average around 50 last season, it seems more of a symbolic change than an actual one, much like Clarkes captaincy of NSW... Not to mention Whites poor form for Vic over the past couple of years, it may actually be a good move for him... My only hope is that Handscomb's development isn't hampered as a result...

  • MrKricket on September 7, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    I'm amazed he's still only 30 and we've written him off. Huss only made his Test debut at 30. If Clarke is forced to retire due to his back it's got to be out of White or Bailey for Test captain? I always liked the guy - the ability of Watson without the attitude.