Cameron White wants more matches ahead of T20 World Cup

Cameron White says lack of matches could hurt his side’s preparations for the tournament Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Cape Town: Oct 13, 2011

Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White wants more international fixtures of the shortest-form ahead of the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka next year.

Australia will play five T20 internationals before the T20 World Cup and White says his side needs more games to ensure better preparation for the tournament.

Australia will play two T20s against South Africa in their tour starting on Thursday; will play two matches against India in February and a one-off fixture against Pakistan is due in August-September in the UAE, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

White says lack of match practice and experience could hurt his team.

“There’s not a hell of a lot of T20 matches for this cricket team, so I guess from my point of view – for such a young side and inexperienced line-up – it’d be great if we could play some more cricket before the T20 World Cup,” he said.

“The more experience you can get into the younger players, there’s a good chance that you’ll get better performance so, no doubt, I’d say it would be good to play a few more matches,” White added.

England, who are the defending champions, will play as many as seven T20s ahead of the tournament, whereas Pakistan will play five, and South Africa will play six (not including the current series against Australia).