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Cameron White retires from professional cricket, to focus on coaching
White Calls Time

Cameron White retires from professional cricket, to focus on coaching

Former Australia all-rounder Cameron White has finally ended his two-decade-long professional career as he has decided to shift his focus on coaching.

The veteran player, who led Australia on seven occasions in limited-overs cricket, admitted he realised his time up after just six appearances for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League during the Australian summer.

Having lost his first-class contract by the conclusion of the 2018-19 Sheffield Shield season, the 37-year-old made only 36 runs in five innings for the Strikers in BBL 09.

"I've definitely finished up playing, that's for sure," he told cricket.com.au.

"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."

White first rose to prominence in the 2002 Under-19 World Cup where he captained Australia to the title and emerged as the leading run-getter of the tournament.

He later got his maiden international cap in the exhibition clash against the ICC World XI in 2005 before becoming a regular member of Australia's white-ball outfit from 2007 to 2011.

Initially drafted into the side for his leg-spin, White developed into a destructive lower-order batsman as he maintained a healthy strike rate throughout his career. White failed to make an impact in his four Test outings during the tour of India in 2008.

The Victorian was appointed Australia's T20I skipper briefly in 2011 and stood in for Michael Clarke in one ODI. The last of his 91 ODIs came against England in 2018 at Adelaide.

On the domestic circuit, White proved himself as a shrewd tactician and claimed six Sheffield Shield titles with Victoria.

He also had two wins in the old state-based T20 league and a BBL trophy with Melbourne Renegades in the 2018-19 season.

"I'm just keen to get involved in it [coaching] and give it a go," he said about his future plans. "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."