White facing moment of truth
THE time is fast approaching for Cameron White to stand up and have an impact in his maiden cricket World Cup tournament.
The big-hitting No. 5, with scores of 22 against Zimbabwe and 22 not out against New Zealand, is yet to make his mark.
White feels he’s not far away from his best, despite looking out of sorts at times during this summer’s sevenmatch series against England when he averaged 30.17 with a top score of 45.
In the controversial absence of middle-order mainstay Mike Hussey following hamstring surgery, extra pressure falls on the sandyhaired Victorian’s shoulders to have an impact on the subcontinent in the six-week tournament.
Having c a p t a i ned Australia in the seventh and final one-dayer against England in Perth on February 6 with Ricky Ponting out injured and Michael Clarke resting, White’s status as a senior player is growing within the one-day squad.
White can sometimes look more comfortable against quicks than spin but he said yesterday that slow bowlers didn’t faze him.
‘‘ I understand that it’s going to be a big challenge in the tournament though, not only for myself but for everyone, including the openers as well,’’ he said.
Whi t e d o wn p l a y e d h i s ability to match 2007 World Cup winner Hussey’s prodigious output at one-day level. Hussey, at 35, faces an u n c e r t a i n i n t e r n a t i o n a l future.
‘‘ I’d like to be that good, I’m not sure if I can be or not,’’ White said.
‘‘ But I’ll just keep playing the way I do and hopefully keep backing myself.’’