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IPL helps White get back to Australia squad

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Published: Monday, July 16, 2012, 13:08 [IST]
 
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IPL helps White win back Australia spot

Bangalore, Jul 16: Indian Premier League is not only a platform for youngsters to make a name for themselves but is an opportunity for players to recapture form and get back to international reckoning. Australia's Cameron White is the latest cricketer to benefit from playing in IPL.

The fifth edition of IPL (IPL 5) which was held from April 4 to May 27, was rocked by off-field controversies. But on the field, it has done wonders for players. White will certainly agree.

The Australian batsman, was on Monday, recalled to the national Twenty20 squad to play against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 28-year-old White is known for his big hitting in the shortest format of the game. Turning out for Deccan Chargers this season, the right-hander enjoyed a successful stint as a batsman though his team had a forgettable tournament.

White also captained Deccan in few matches when regular Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka sat out due to lack of runs.

White scored 479 runs at an average of 43.54 in 13 games for Deccan. He was his team's second highest run scorer behind Shikhar Dhawan (569). He finished with five half centuries.

"Cameron White has recaptured some form in recent months. He scored particularly well in the IPL and with Northamptonshire in the County T20 competition. His experience and striking ability resulted in him winning favour with the NSP and shading Steve Smith for a place," Australia's national selector John Inverarity said on Monday after announcing the squad.

Prior to IPL, White was dumped by Australian selectors in January this year in favour of George Bailey. White, who was regular T20 captain for Australia, was stripped of leadership role and also axed from the squad.

His last match in Australia colours was against South Africa in October, 2011. With three T20s scheduled against Pakistan in September and also ICC World Twenty20 2012 coming up, White will be hoping to stay in the team with a string of good scores.

White is not the first Australian to reap rewards from IPL. His team-mate Shane Watson, playing for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition in 2008, scored plenty of runs to force his way back into the team.

After IPL, White did admit that the tournament had helped him regain form.

White will have to thank this franchise owners Deccan and IPL for throwing a lifeline to revive his international career.

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