Australian rising all-rounder Marcus Stoinis expressed his view for Cameron White on Friday and said that he is one of the smartest players in Australian cricket.
The 34-year-old White is set to replace injured Chris Lynn for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against England and his selection decision was no less than a surprise for everyone as he was controversially chosen over Glenn Maxwell.
White, who is a Victorian Bushrangers captain, played his last match for the country in 2015 but has been selected due to his current form in the limited-overs game this summer. He had a impressive Big Bash League season too where he has scored 285 runs at an average of 142.5 for the Melbourne Renegades.
Stoinis, a former teammate of White at Victoria, paid tribute to his mentor. "He's one of the smartest players in Australian cricket, international cricket," Stoinis told reporters in Melbourne on Friday (January 12). "He took me under the wing seven years ago when he didn't have to. As soon as I stepped into the Victorian change rooms, he helped show me the ropes. Six years ago, pre-season, he sent me a message every morning saying, 'What are we doing this morning? Why are we doing it? What are you looking to get out of it?'
"It's no wonder why he is so good and I'm stoked for him to get back in one-day colours," he added.