Cameron White last played an ODI in 2015 © Getty Images
Cameron White last played an ODI in 2015 © Getty Images

Cameron White’s last 2 ODIs were in 2015 and 2011. The Victorian all-rounder has now been picked to replace the injured Chris Lynn in the Australian ODI squad that will take on England in a 5-ODI series starting Sunday. White was controversially selected ahead of Glenn Maxwell and he owes it a lot to his BBL form. White, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, has scored 285 runs this season at 142.5.

“I was very surprised this morning when (Australian chief selector) Trevor Hohns rang me. In the back of my mind I never really gave up all hope. I’d like to think I can go into it not putting too much pressure on myself but I probably will …. (not knowing) how big of an opportunity it is and how long it’ll last,” White was quoted in a report in Cricbuzz.

Debuting in 2005, White, who broke into the side as a leg-spinner, evolved as a batsman and went on represent Australia in 4 Tests, 88 ODIs and 47 T20Is. He is delighted at the prospect of donning the Australian colours again. The selection also suggests that he is in scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup.

“It’s just going to be up to me to make the most of it. Hopefully I can.Making a few runs in the Big Bash hasn’t hurt. Maybe it is a little ironic, (although) I’d like to think that my one-day cricket for Victoria hasn’t hurt my chances of getting this opportunity,” he added.

Cameron White to replace Chris Lynn in Australian ODI squad; Glenn Maxwell overlooked
Cameron White to replace Chris Lynn in Australian ODI squad; Glenn Maxwell overlooked

White was the highest run-getter in the domestic List A competition in 2016-17. He had smashed 457 runs from 7 innings at 76.16 and his strike rate almost touched 100. He usually opens the batting for Victoria and bats at No. 3 for Renegades. He might be asked by the Australian management to bat at No. 4.

“I’ve got no idea (where I’ll bat), we’ve got a team meeting coming up shortly so I might get a bit more of an idea there. All I know so far is I’ve walked into the team hotel, grabbed a t-shirt and a cap and I’m speaking to you guys. I guess I’ll find out more in the next hour or so and the next couple of days,” White clarified.

The first ODI between Australia and England will be played on Sunday.