White being tipped to replace Clarke as Oz T20 captain

Victoria captain Cameron White, who led his side to the Big Bash title, while winning four of the past five championships, is being tipped to be the new Australian Twent20 skipper after incumbent Michael Clarke’s tenure comes under review over his suspect batting in the shortest version of the game.

Clarke has conceded that his position must come under review following Australia’s seven-wicket loss to archrivals England. He finished with 92 runs in the tournament at 15.33. White on the other hand scored 180 runs at 45, with a strike rate of 146.34 compared with Clarke’s strike rate of 80.7.

It is a difficult consideration for selectors because of Clarke’s astute leadership and excellent winning record as captain. But his not holding his place in the Twenty20 team as a batsman is proving a weakness, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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.

White was predictably diplomatic when asked about taking over the leadership in wake of Clarke’s comments.

“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. (ANI)

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