White favorite to replace clarke as Oz T20 captain

Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:19 [IST]
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White may replace clarke as T20 skipper

Sydney May 17: Cameron White has being highly linked to replace Micheal Clarke in the shortest format of the game for Australia after Clarke's tenure comes under review over his suspect batting in the t20 format.

White who has led Victoria to victory in four of the past five championships, including the Big Bash Title has given him a great nod for the selectors to bank on.

Clarke has conceded that his position must come under review following Australia"s seven-wicket loss to arch rivals England. Clarke has been struggling for form scoring just 92 runs in the tournament at an average of 15.33.
On the other side, White scored 180 at an impressive average of 45 with a strike rate of 146.34.

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According to The Sydney Morning reports It is a difficult consideration for the selection committee as Clarke has been a smart leader and has a good winning record as captain. The only problem is that he has not been able to perform as a batsmen.

Clarke"s performances in the three World Twenty20s so far have yielded 108 runs at an average of 10.8, with a strike rate of 77.14. White, by contrast, has played only 20 games for Australia, but has more runs – 481, at a superior average of 43.72 and an excellent strike rate of 148.45.

“There is no doubt the selectors will need to have a look at my performances. I certainly know they haven"t been up to scratch and as good as I would"ve expected throughout this whole tournament, and probably Twenty20 cricket in general," said Clarke.

“I"m sure the selectors will have a look and if I"m not the right person for the No.3 position and the captaincy of this team they"ll make that decision," he said.

On the other side this is what White quoted to The Sydney Morning when asked about taking over leadership.

“If that"s what Michael thinks, that"s what he"s thinking. I"m in no position to think about selection. All I can do is make sure I"m doing well and the team"s doing well and playing my part for the team and supporting Michael as vice-captain as well," White said.


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