White Hails interesting adventure
Victoria skipper Cameron White is looking forward to an "interesting adventure" during the inaugural Indian Premier League season.
The former Somerset all-rounder is leaving Melbourne on Friday to join up with his new team-mates at the Bangalore Royal Challengers, where he will be hoping to recapture the explosive Twenty20 form that saw him score a world record 141 for his county side in 2006.
But despite holding the current record score in this form of the game, White is keen to learn from higher profile team-mates like India Test skipper Anil Kumble and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as he attempts to earn a place in the Australia national side.
"There are players like Kumble, Rahul Dravid, a couple of really good South Africans, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher, some players who have been around international cricket for some time," said White.
"I think it's a great avenue and a great opportunity to learn off those guys so I'm really looking forward to it.
"Obviously I've been to India before but this is a whole new format, a whole new series, but I've no idea what to expect - it will be an interesting adventure.
"I'm going in with an open mind."
Despite being known more as a Twenty20 batsman, White reckons the chance to fine-tune his bowling will be invaluable ahead of next month's one-day internationals in West Indies, where he will be joining the national squad after having had his Cricket Australia contract renewed on Wednesday.
"For me, my bowling is probably going to be the avenue into more games for Australia, so that's something that I've got to do a little bit better," White said.
"Hopefully when I get an opportunity, or if I get an opportunity, I can do that."
The 24-year-old will not be rejoining Somerset, however. He was let go by the club last year as the Sabres opted to retain Australian Justin Langer instead.