White to captain Aussies for first time in ODIs

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 11:52 AM IST

Perth: Victorian all-rounder Cameron White will captain Australia for the first time in a one-day international in Perth against England on Sunday.

With the series sealed in Australia’s favour 5-1, the selectors have decided to rest Michael Clarke and Shane Watson. In their place, West Australian batsman Adam Voges and Tasmanian off-spinner Jason Krezja have been called up.

The most surprising decision is the recall of Krejza after a two-year exile from the national team. Krejza was not picked in Australia`s provisional 30-man World Cup squad, but injuries to Nathan Hauritz, Xavier Doherty, Stephen O`Keefe and all-rounder Steve Smith have resulted in a stunning recall for the offie.

``It`s only come through injury, but any opportunity that`s there, you`ve got to grab it with both hands, and hopefully I can do that and play well if I get the opportunity to play,`` he told to reporters.

``It`s the place I got dropped, it`s the place I`ve got picked now, so it`s a bit ironic. I never gave up hope. I just knew I was going to be a better bowler. I knew I`d have another opportunity and it`s come along now, so I`m pretty excited,” he added.

Krejza is set to make his ODI debut, while Voges, who is averaging 62 in the national one-day cup and is also capable of bowling left-arm spin, is tipped to take Clarke`s slot in the middle order.