Australia call up leg-spinner White for India tour

Published: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 16:36 [IST]
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Australian selectors on Saturday picked untested Cameron White to replace injured fellow leg-spinner Bryce McGain in the squad for the upcoming series against India.

White, 25, who captains Victoria and is also a useful lower order batsman, has taken nine wickets in 21 one-day internationals, but has yet to make his Test debut.

His selection meant left-arm spinner Beau Casson was once again overlooked after making his debut on the West Indian tour earlier this year.

Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, who arrived here early Saturday, said White was familiar with Indian conditions after leading the Australian 'A' team here last month.

"We feel that Cameron's right-arm leg-spin and experience in Indian conditions is the correct option and will provide a good balance to our slow bowling attack," Hilditch said.

"Cameron's bowling has continued to improve over the past year at inter-state level and his powerful batting adds extra depth and versatility to the squad.

"He has performed well in Australian colours since his return to the one-day international squad earlier this year and he has now been rewarded with inclusion in the Test squad."

Australia had picked the untried duo of McGain, 36, and off-spinner Jason Krejza for the Indian tour to fill the void created by the retirements of Shane Warne and Stuart McGill.

McGain was, however, asked to return home after he failed to recover from a shoulder injury sustained during the 'A' tour of India.

White is expected to join the squad by Monday, in time for the first Test starting in Bangalore on Thursday.

The remaining three Tests will be played in Mohali, New Delhi and Nagpur.

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