The 34-year-old’s international career looked over having last played for Australia in 2015 but he will replace the injured Chris Lynn for the five-match ODI series against England starting on January 14.
In the aftermath of the announcement – in another left-field choice by selectors this summer – White said he was delighted to get another chance to play for his country. “I was very surprised this morning when (Australian chief selector) Trevor Hohns rang me,” White said in Melbourne on Thursday (January 11). “In the back of my mind I never really gave up all hope. I’d like to think I can go into it not putting too much pressure on myself but I probably will (not knowing) how big of an opportunity it is and how long it’ll last.”
“I’ve got no idea (where I’ll bat), we’ve got a team meeting coming up shortly so I might get a bit more of an idea there,” White said. “All I know so far is I’ve walked into the team hotel, grabbed a t-shirt and a cap and I’m speaking to you guys. I guess I’ll find out more in the next hour or so and the next couple of days.”