Melbourne, July 6: Australian all-rounder Cameron White has been dropped from the 14-man squad for next month’s ODI series against Sri Lanka.
White, however, retained the captaincy of the Twenty20 side for the two-game series that precedes a five-match ODI and a three-match Test series in Sri Lanka during the seven-week tour.
The 27-year-old had averaged just 17.5 in seven innings in the recent World Cup on the Indian sub-continent.
“Cameron White is unlucky to be omitted from the one-day squad having been a regular and successful member of the squad for the last few series,” Adelaide Now quoted chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, as saying.
“Cameron lost his position in the side during the recent one-day tour of Bangladesh, but the national selection panel is confident that he will force his way back into the team through weight of runs,” he added.
Opening batsman Shaun Marsh will return to the ODI team, while all-rounder David Hussey has been reinstated to both the Twenty20 and ODI squads.
Marsh returns to the ODI arena for the first time since last summer’s home series against England when he re-injured his troublesome hamstring.
“The ODI squad sees the return of Shaun Marsh who was unavailable for the World Cup through injury. Shaun can open the batting, but also provides flexibility throughout the order and gives the squad great balance,” Hilditch said.
Victorian fast bowler James Pattinson features in both squads, while Xavier Doherty is the ODI spinner and Stephen O’Keefe is the Twenty20 tweaker.
The Test squad will be announced later this month.
ODI squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson and Doug Bollinger.
Twenty20 squad: Cameron White (captain), Shane Watson, David Warner, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Steve O''Keefe, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and James Pattinson. (ANI)
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