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Cameron White replaced injured Chris Lynn for England ODI series

AFP: Cameron White has replaced injured Chris Lynn in Australia’s squad for this month’s one-day international series against England, Cricket Australia said Thursday.

The Victorian right-hander has been in outstanding limited-overs form with 285 runs at an average of 142.5 and a strike-rate of 115.85 for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

White was the domestic one-day tournament’s top-scorer last season with 457 runs at 76.16, including two hundreds and two fifties.

He has played four Tests, 88 ODIs and 47 Twenty20 internationals and replaces big-hitting Lynn who was ruled out with a calf problem.

“Cameron’s in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He’s playing very well,” chief selector Trevor Hohns said. “He’s one of the leading run-scorers in this season’s BBL, he’s experienced, he’s a very smart cricketer and he’s a good fielder. He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage.”

The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

ICC approves the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats

PERTH (AFP): The International Cricket Council Thursday approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the game, formally lowering the curtain on the city´s venerable WACA Ground.

The new 60,000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day international (ODI) against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at the state-of-the-art arena.

ICC match referee Richie Richardson submitted a gushing report after inspecting the venue.

“This is by far the most impressive and well laid-out stadium I have ever visited,” he said.

“The comprehensive amenities, along with the quality and functionality of the facility, surpasses the required standard to host any international cricket match.”

The West Indies great added that it was “a wonderful, refreshing, world-class stadium and I have no hesitation in recommending that the venue is approved for staging all three formats of international cricket”.

The WACA, a Test venue since 1970, was once touted as the world´s fastest pitch, making it the stuff of nightmares for many visiting teams.

Last month, the WACA staged its 44th and final Test when Australia beat England by an innings and 41 runs to reclaim the Ashes urn.

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