Gillette ODI Series 2018
White rues ODI series, Hussey backs new No.3
Victorian assesses future in Australia's one-day side as Marcus Stoinis gets backing as long-term No.3
31 January 2018, 11:33 AM AEST
Cameron White concedes it's "probably unlikely" he'll get another chance in Australia's one-day side having missed an opportunity to secure a spot during their 1-4 series defeat to England.
And World Cup winner Mike Hussey says the impressive debut at No.3 of Marcus Stoinis on Sunday was enough to convince him that the allrounder is a long-term option at first drop for Australia's World Cup defence next year.
White played three of the five matches in the Gillette ODI Series after he earned a shock recall at the age of 34 having played just one ODI in the previous seven years.
The right-hander posted 15 from 21 balls batting at No.7 in Brisbane before scores of 17 and 3 at first drop. He was then left out for the final match of the series in Perth and replaced at No.3 by Stoinis, who impressed in scoring 87 in Australia's 12-run defeat.
White conceded during the series that he had a "short window to try and do something" and having failed to post a sizeable score, he admits it could be his last chance in the ODI side.
"I definitely feel as though I missed a chance," he said on Wednesday. "Anytime you get an opportunity like that and don't get a big score, it's a missed opportunity.
"After being dropped for the last game, it's probably unlikely (I'll be back). But I'm not really sure."
On Tuesday, selector Trevor Hohns indicated the make-up of Australia's squad for their next one-day series - against England in the UK in June - will be as close as possible to the squad they'll take to the World Cup 12 months later, reasoning it's too soon before the showpiece event for a significant change in personnel.
White and Hohns spoke on Wednesday morning about the direction the one-day team is heading, but the Victorian is unsure whether or not he remains part of their plans going forward.
And having been overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction last weekend, the finals of the KFC BBL this week are the only limited overs cricket White will play to push his case ahead of the England tour.
"I had a quick conversation with Trevor Hohns this morning," White said ahead of the Melbourne Renegades' semi-final against the Strikers in Adelaide on Friday.
"It wasn't so much on an individual level, it was more about the team and things like that. No doubt there will be more dialogue going forward.
"I'm not really sure what the selectors are thinking in terms of the team.
"I'm not sure about getting some more white-ball cricket before (the series in England). Obviously my next white-ball cricket as it stands at the moment will be the domestic one-day competition at the end of September and into October. That's a fair way off."
Speaking on The Unplayable Podcast, Hussey said the performance of Stoinis in Perth indicated the powerful right-hander could fill the vital No.3 role for the World Cup, which starts on May 30 next year.
Having fired in the middle order during 2017, Stoinis seamlessly handled the surprise move up the order, striking six fours and four sixes in his 99-ball stay at the crease.
"Initially I was a bit sceptical about it because I just think he's so valuable at the back of the innings," Hussey said.
"But having watched his batting in Perth, batting at No.3 was really impressive. His defence looked really solid, he's still got the power and all the shots.
"I thought it was actually a really good move and something positive to come out of that game looking forward. I think he could be someone to bat No.3 for Australia.
"He can play dual roles; if the pitch is doing a bit and he has to work his way through it and not be so aggressive, he's got the technique to be able to handle that. But if it's a really flat pitch or Australia are chasing a really big score, he can be really aggressive right from the start and we saw him do that in Perth. I think it was a really good move."