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White hopes Vic runs lead to Aussie recall

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Roger Vaughan

Cameron White admits he held out a faint hope of making a surprise return this week to Australia's Test team.

But the Victorian star now has his sights set on keeping the Bushrangers at the top of the Sheffield Shield ladder, knowing a return to the international stage will only come if he keeps piling on the runs at state level.

White has starred for Victoria so far this summer and is a big reason they have banked three wins leading into their clash against second-placed South Australia at the MCG starting on Saturday.

Former Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd said earlier this week that the Australia's selectors should consider White again for the one-day or T20 teams.

White confessed to mixed emotions about the Adelaide Test selections, saying he is rapt that Victorian teammates Peter Handscomb and Matthew Wade were picked.

Their absence means White will captain Victoria against the Redbacks.

"Any time there's a side picked and you think you're half a chance, you're a little bit disappointed," he said.

"But more importantly, with Wadey and Peter Handscomb, it's great to see them in (the team) ... the focus has to be there.

"I've had no correspondence with the selectors.

"It's not rocket science, I've been around enough to know it's about scoring runs and playing well - that's all I can do."

The 33-year-old has not played for Australia since one-day selection early last year.

He missed out on the squad named on Wednesday for next month's three one-dayers against New Zealand.

But his strong form is far removed from last summer, when the Bushrangers' strength meant White had spells out of the team.

Victoria have regained Aaron Finch, Sam Harper and John Hastings for the SA game.

White noted that four wins not long ago would have meant a Shield final berth and he said it was vital that Victoria continue their strong form.

"With Australian selection, especially during Big Bash and afterwards ... we don't know how our team is going to be affected," he said.

"So it's important while we're closer to our stronger team, that we keep winning."

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