Former Australia captain Cameron White Retires from Professional Cricket
Former Australia captain Cameron White has called time on a professional career that has spanned almost 20 years. White, who played four Tests and captain Australia seven times in one-day and T20 matches, has admitted his time is up after playing just six games for the Adelaide Strikers last summer. Having turned 37 earlier this week, White will continue to play at Premier Cricket level as captain of Melbourne Cricket Club while he is keen to try his skill at coaching. Four-Test allrounder who captained Australia seven times has officially hung up the boots as he turns his attention to coaching. White is hopeful of finding an assistant role with a KFC BBL club but said he has not put his name forward to take over the vacant head coaching job with Victoria. White has represented Australia in four Tests, 91 ODIS and 47 T20Is.
White ends his career as one of the most prolific domestic players of the century as well as being counted as one of the most tactically clever Australian players in recent eras. White claimed 10 domestic titles; six Sheffield Shields, a domestic one-day crown, two wins in the old state-based T20 league, and a BBL trophy. He finished as Victoria’s fifth all-time leading first-class run-scorer. Only two players have captained more Sheffield Shield games than White’s 77, while he was five catches away from Jamie Siddons’ record of 189. White, who made his first-class debut for Victoria in the 2000-01 season, has ended his career with 10,537 first-class runs, 7703 List-A runs, and 5469 runs in T20s.
After a false start to his international career when the 2004 Test tour of Zimbabwe was cancelled, White made his Australian debut during the 2005 World XI Super Series. He ultimately became a backbone of the 50-over side between 2007 and 2011, hitting two ODI tons and filling in as captain for Michael Clarke on one occasion in 2011. In the Test arena, Australian selectors turned to White to play as a specialist bowler for four Tests in India on a 2008 tour as they explored desperately for Warne’s long-term replacement. He finished his first-class career on a high with Victoria when he backed them claim the 2018-19 Shield title and is now helping the state’s next generation of talent. With Melbourne in the grips of strict COVID-19 lockdown rules, White is currently mentoring Victoria’s Under-19 prospects via Zoom.
Cameron White Said: I’ve definitely finished up playing, that’s for sure, I had a one-year playing contract with the Strikers. I only played a handful of games with them last year and in those games, I would have needed to play really well to get another deal. To be totally honest, I’m pretty content. I think my time is definitely up, I’ve had enough from a playing point of view and I’m ready to focus on coaching. I’m just keen to get involved in it (coaching) and give it a go. “I don’t know if I’ll be any good at it. I’ve enjoyed the bits and pieces I’ve done so far. Part of my role with the Strikers last year involved coaching. Over my playing years, a lot of those as captain, I played that role of a coach a bit as well so hopefully I can enjoy it and be half decent at it.