White fac­ing mo­ment of truth

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

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.’’

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