Sydney, Oct 5 : Cricket Australia (CA) has reportedly decided to replace injured spinner Bryce McGain with all-rounder Cameron White, after Jason Krejza failed to impress in the ongoing four-day tour match against Board President's XI.
The CA on Saturday decided to rush in White to join the Aussie team in India for a four-Test series, the Dawn reported
Cricket Australia's selection chairman Andrew Hilditch said that White would provide a "good balance" to the side in the Test series against India.
"Bryce McGain's long-term unavailability due to a shoulder injury gives his fellow Victorian right-arm leg-spinner Cameron White an opportunity to join the Australian Test squad in India," the paper quoted Hilditch as saying.
He added: "We feel that Cameron's right-arm leg spin and experience in Indian conditions, where he has just returned after captaining the Australia 'A' one-day team to a tournament victory, is the correct option and will provide a good balance to our slow bowling attack. Cameron's bowling has continued to improve over the past year at interstate level and his powerful batting adds extra depth and versatility to the squad."
Initially, the Aussie team think-tank had enough faith in rookie off-spinner Jason Krejza and decided not to rush in a substitute immediately after McGain was ruled out.
Krejza, however, failed to convince, going wicketless and taking quite a battering in the first innings of the ongoing warm-up match, which prompted the selectors to draft in White.
Krejza's 20 overs went for 123 runs and the off-spinner did not meet success in the first innings.
Hilditch, meanwhile, said White's call-up was the just reward for his consistence performance throughout the year. "Cameron has performed well in Australian colours since his return to the One-day International squad earlier this year and he has now been rewarded with inclusion in the Test squad," he said