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Concentrating on batting, lost confidence in my bowling: White

February 14, 2011 13:07 IST

He made his debut as a leg-spinning all-rounder but Australian Cameron White says he has lost confidence in his bowling and has transformed into a middle-order batsman. 

White, who made his Test debut against India in Bangalore in 2008, said he has no time to get back to bowling as he is only concentrating on polishing his batting skills. 

"I am not bowling much to be honest. I am just concentrating on my batting and enjoying that role. I will get back to bowling at some stage but at the moment just concentrating on my batting," White said. 

Cameron WhiteThe 27-year-old Victorian last bowled in one-day internationals in a one-off match against Scotland in August 2009. 

"Just lost a bit of confidence as a bowler to be honest. I didn't feel as confident as probably what I should have. I haven't bowled for a while in international cricket, that's for sure," he said. 

White, however, has no doubts about his batting ability.

"I can bat anywhere from number three to number six or seven, which is what I have done in the past. If Ricky (Ponting) and Michael (Clarke) were resting, I am required to bat up the order and do well. At the same time when they are in the side, my role is to bat at five, bat through the middle overs and finish up the innings. I just depend on the situation of the game," White said. 

White has recently been appointed Australia's Twenty20 captain and also been a vital member of the team's think-tank.

"It's something I enjoy doing. Even when I am not the captain I have little bit to do with Ricky (Ponting) and Michael (Clarke) in just playing a support role with them and sometimes with the bowlers. 

"I enjoy that role and I guess it's just about helping out the team and at the end of the day getting the best result and wining. If I can help out, whether it's batting, bowling or fielding or a bit a cricket knowledge into getting the right result," he said.

With the World Cup being held in the sub-continent, India are one of the favourites for the title and White said he was not surprised by the huge expectations of the Indian fans. 

"It makes sense that Indians are favourites in their own conditions. They've got very good players, got a balanced attack, couple of very good fast bowlers, some very good spinners. They are a good side, so it makes sense that they are favourites. But there are some other good teams who are playing very well," he said.

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