Australia drop White for SL one-dayers


Cameron White was retained Wednesday as captain of Australia’s Twenty20 team for their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka but dropped from the one-day squad in what he said was “a kick in the guts”. The 27-year-old has had a poor recent run of form and was replaced for the one-dayers by Shaun Marsh, who missed the World Cup earlier this year due to a hamstring injury. Australia play two Twenty20 matches, five ODIs and three Tests against Sri Lanka from August 6 to September 20, with the Test team to be released later this month.
“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,” said chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch. “Cameron lost his position in the side during the recent one-day tour of Bangladesh but the selectors are confident that he will force his way back into the team through weight of runs.” White said he was disappointed by the decision. “It is no secret I haven’t been in the best of form of late but I was hopeful I would still be in the squad. It’s definitely a kick in the guts,” he told reporters.
“I just have to go back and get better and hopefully get another opportunity at some stage.” Along with White, Callum Ferguson exits the one-day team with David Hussey returning after missing the Bangladesh tour due to the birth of his first child. Young paceman James Pattinson and bowling all-rounder John Hastings were included in both squads while veteran fast bowler Brett Lee retains his spot in the Twenty20 team. “Taking on the talented Sri Lankan team on their home soil in all forms of the game is always challenging but we also see it as an exciting opportunity for both the Twenty20 and one-day squads,” said Hilditch.