WHITE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE

Cameron White’s international career appears to be dead and buried, and his state playing career could also be in danger if his form with the bat does not improve in the near future.

His batting form of late has simply been atrocious, with initially his slump only being on the international stage, but now the runs have dried up in state cricket too.

Despite all of this, White will still go on to earn a huge amount of money from this year’s IPL, even though many England players have been unable to earn any IPL contracts at all.

He has been stripped of his Australia T20 captaincy role and consequently dropped from the side, and replaced by international debutant George Bailey.

The runs have now dried up for White in state cricket, but his coach has come out and spoken up for the all-rounder saying that all players are allowed to go through slumps in form, and that White is still valuable to the team when he is not making runs as his captaincy and leadership are crucial to his side.

Initially White was viewed as a leg spinner who could bat a bit by the Australian selectors, but as the years have gone by, he has turned himself into predominantly a big hitting middle order batsman, using his gunn and moore bat to hit six, after four, after six.

White is still only 28 years old, and that he should not be completely disregarded by the Australian selectors after just one, albeit awful, Summer. He still holds a respectable average of 41 in First Class cricket, but if White wants to continue to be a presence in Australian cricket, then he could do to find a couple of big scores before the end of the season.

ENGLAND EMBARASSED BY PAKISTAN

The England cricket team lost to Pakistan in the 2nd Test of the series in embarrassing fashion in Abu Dhabi.

After setting up the game also most perfectly, with a solid first innings lead established and bowling the opposition out fairly cheaply in their 2nd innings, being set a target of 142 on a decidedly slow pitch should have been fairly routine for the team which is ranked as being the best on the planet.

However, sadly, the frailties of England teams that we thought were consigned to history sadly returned, as they folded like a pack of cards against Pakistan’s spinners.

Ajmal and Rehman did bowl beautifully, but the pitch was only allowing slow turn, which although slightly difficult to play, scoring 142 on that type of pitch should be fairly basic.

The English openers set the tone to that inning by starting off in an incredibly slow fashion, and this continued for the rest of the innings. Only two of England’s batsmen got into double figures, and there final score of 72 was not only embarrassing but also cost them the series. The best cricket online betting odds for England to be white-washed was 10/1 at the start of the Series.

If England are to have any chance of retaining their status as being the best Test side in the world, their form in the subcontinent simply has to improve.

Barring matches against Bangladesh, their last Test victory in Asia came in 2006. Complete overhaul is not what is required, but the likes of Morgan and Bell need to be told that unless there are signs of improvement in the final Test, they may not have a seat on the plane for the tour of Sri Lanka.

SEHWAG HITS THE HEIGHTS

In India’s One Day International against the West Indies, at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Virender Sehwag went on to score the highest every score in the format, with a blistering 219 off just 149.

It was an innings of sensational ball striking, as shown by the fact he scored 142 of his runs purely from boundaries. The only man to have scored a double century in the One Day International format before Sehwag was one Sachin Tendulkar, so he is in royal company.

The monumental effort of Sehwag’s achievement was recognised and appreciated by every since person within the stadium, with him receiving a standing ovation from the crowd once he was unfortunately run out, as well as having almost every West Indian approach him to congratulate him on such a fantastic effort.

Before the advent of T20 cricket, never before had a double century been registered in ODI cricket. At one point in time, scoring a double century was something that seemed next to impossible, but as the years have progressed, bats have improved, pitches have got more batsman friendly, and the amount of T20 cricket that is now played across the globe all seem to have played deciding factors in increasing the scoring rate within every format of the game.

This should not take away from Sehwag’s achievement, however. Despite the fact this innings did take place against a quite uninspiring West Indies attack, very few batsman in world cricket would have been able to put them to the sword quite like Sehwag did, and with Sehwag seemingly hitting a rich vein of form, the Australians would be right to worry about what he might have planned for their young bowlers.