Many Australian Cricket pundits tipped Glenn Maxwell to replace injured Chris Lynn in Australia’s ODI Squad for the home series against England but selectors threw a big surprise as Cameron White was included in the setup. White last played for Australia against England just before 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Cameron White has been in top form in the ongoing Big Bash League for Melbourne Renegades. He has scored 285 runs so far and played some vital knocks for his side. Glenn Maxwell will consider himself unlucky as he produced consecutive half-centuries in the last two games played in the Big Bash League. The all-rounder has been in sublime form in the longer format for Victoria and topped the batting charts in Sheffield Shield this year.
White also played for Victoria, scoring 457 runs with an average of 76, which included two centuries in Shield Cricket. Australia chief selector Trevor Hohns said that White has deserved his call-up to the national side and has scored a fair amount of runs this season across all formats. Hohns stated that White has been leading run-getter in the ongoing Big Bash League and will bring experience to the Australian middle order that has been woeful in the 50-over format since last six months.
Earlier, Chris Lynn was picked for the one-day squad and replaced Maxwell for the series. Australian Captain Steven Smith said that Maxwell needs to produce consistency to be a part of the side for a long time. Maxwell has been a key member of the side for the last couple of years but his batting form has taken a dip in the last six months that saw him get dropped from the side.
Australia will take on England in the opening game of the five-match one-day series at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14th January.