Cameron White wants more matches for Oz T20 team before World Cup
Sydney: Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron White has called for scheduling more matches for the shortest form of the sport, so that his team gains more experience before the T20 World Cup.
In addition to the two T20 fixtures against South Africa this tour, Australia has just two T20 matches against India in February and a one-off against Pakistan in August-September in the UAE.
"There`s not a hell of a lot of T20 matches for this cricket team, so I guess from my point of view - for such a young side and inexperienced line-up - it`d be great if we could play some more cricket before the T20 World Cup," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted White, as saying.
While many players are happy with fewer T20s to reduce player burnout, White believes he would not be doing his job as captain if he did not speak out about the ad hoc scheduling.
"The more experience you can get into the younger players, there`s a good chance that you`ll get better performance so, no doubt, I`d say it would be good to play a few more matches," White said.
England, Australia`s conquerors in last year`s T20 World Cup, play more than double the amount of matches in 2012, with seven internationals scheduled before the tournament, the report said.
Pakistan, another former champion, plays five matches, while powerhouses South Africa play six, excluding the current series against Australia, it added.