Hilditch defends White's selection

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Bangalore, Oct 6 (UNI) Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has defended Cameron White's inclusion in the squad for the Test series against India which begins here on October 9.

Many people back in Australia have been surprised by White's selection over left-arm wrist spinner Beau Casson as a replacement for the injured Bryce McGain.

But Hilditch justified White's selection by citing his experience of Indian conditions and his recent good performance with the Australain 'A' squad.

''Following Bryce's injury, Cameron's leg-spinners, coupled with his powerful batting and his recent strong performance in Indian conditions, rendered him the right choice for this tour,'' Hilditch told mediapersons here yesterday.

''Cameron has performed well in Australian colours since his return to the one-day international squad this year and he has now been rewarded with inclusion in the Test squad,'' he added.

Hilditch also pointed out that the left-handed Casson may also be bowling with the wrong arm and turning the ball the wrong way.

''The initial selection for the Indian tour was based on a desire to have a right-arm finger-spinner and a right-arm leg-spinner, which we thought was the best combination for Indian conditions. The basis for that decision was explained to Beau at the time,'' he remarked.

White has taken nine wickets from 21 one-dayers and has scored 277 runs at an average of 30.77. He will be making his Test debut during the upcoming four-Test series.

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