Champions League will be hard fought, T20 no threat to Tests

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Chennai, Sep 23 (UNI) The advent of the shorter version of cricket like IPL T20 and Champions League will not erode the significance of the traditional longer version of the game, Australia-A skipper Cameron White averred today.

Talking to reporters here, he said for any player, representing the country in a Test match would be the foremost in their mind.

''Despite a lot of T20s being played and with the advent of the IPL and the ensuing Champions league T20, the importance of Test cricket will remain the same'', he added.

T20 tournaments were good for the game as it takes the game to different audience altogether. ''It's fast paced. But the importance of Test cricket will not be impacted by this'', he said.

White, who would be leading the Aussie T20 champion side Victoria Bushrangers in the six million US dollar prize money inaugural Champions League T20 to be played in India in December, said the tournament would help the players to showcase their mettle.

''It will be a stage to expose yourselves...if you do well and if you make a mark, chances of one being picked for the lucrative IPL T-20 is bright.'' ''If you perform well, then IPL will be a bonus. It's quite obvious'', White said.

Asked whether leading Australia-A side would earn him a berth in the Test squad, the young leg spinner said he was at present enjoying the ODIs.

''I am right now in the ODI squad. I am enjoying playing the ODIs and T20s. I don't expect to be picked for Tests now. It's a great experience to lead Australia-A'', he added.

White, along with his team-mate Marcus North, who would be leading Australia T-20 runner=up Western Warriors in the Champions League T20, said the tournament would be a tough and challenging one.

Both exuded confidence of good showing from their teams. ''I expect the series to be intense and hard fought'', Cameron said.

Eight teams--two each from India (IPL winners Rajasthan Royals and Runner-up Chennai Super Kings), South Africa and Australia and one each from England and Pakistan -- would figure in the Champions League T20.

Marcus North and Cameron White are presently in Chennai turning out for Australia A in an ODI tri-series against India and New Zealand.

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