Cameron White has been selected by Australia for the forthcoming World T20 in Sri Lanka.
The Victorian all-rounder, who played for Northamptonshire in the recent Friends Life t20, is part of a 15-man squad that will travel to the sub-continent next month looking to go one better than the runners-up spot they claimed at the last event in the Caribbean two years ago.
White got the nod ahead of New South Wales’ Steve Smith as Australian selector John Inverarity explained.
He said: “In the end, Cameron White was preferred to Steve because of Cameron’s very good form in the IPL and then again he played for Northants in England and he had some very good innings there.
“He’s in very good form. When he’s at his best, he’s a very destructive player. He’s in good nick at the moment and we’re really hoping he’ll perform.
“I think Cameron came back into the squad because we thought in a pressure situation with his experience, he might be better than the younger ones.
“So that was a factor there but generally we’ve just looked for the best balanced side and the best cricketers.”
The tournament gets under way on September 18 when the hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota.