While White did exclaim surprise over his inclusion in the side (in place of injured Chris Lynn) he also said that he never gave up hope of making it back to the Aussie side.
That, however, has proved not to be the case, the selectors instead opting for Cameron White. Batting at first drop, White is the tournament's second-leading run-scorer, behind only D'Arcy Short, with 285 runs from six matches at the absurd average of 142.5.
The 34-year-old Australian was rewarded for his good performance in domestic one-day cricket and consistent form for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC Big Bash League (BBL).
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I would be glad if they [Army] do what they are supposed to do and leave us to do what we are supposed to do. He is a professional and there is no doubt on his professionalism, he added.
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Former Australia Twenty20 captain White told RSN Radio this time previous year: "You can get picked to play for Australia in any format out of the Big Bash, really".
"He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage". White had been set to lead the Renegades with regular skipper Aaron Finch out on global duty, but the captaincy will now be handed to veteran Brad Hodge.
A few days back, White laughed when reporters had asked White about his possible come back. "Maybe it is a little ironic, (although) I'd like to think that my one-day cricket for Victoria hasn't hurt my chances of getting this opportunity", he said.
The five-game ODI series will be played between 14th and 28th January with Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth being the venues. I feel pretty much the same as I've felt for the last couple of years in white-ball cricket.