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Craig White was subject to a great deal of criticism before the summer test series against the West Indies,I don't know why? He has certainly proved his worth now,by regularly picking up wickets with the ball,and showing he is a useful batsmen at the highest level. An overseas test series against Pakistan is the ultimate challenge for a player with the press constantly on his back,but White made a superb 92 runs in the first test,then stormed out with the ball and picked up 3 magnificent wickets to secure his place for the following test and put England in a superb position in the game.All credit to the man,the moment he began his test career in the early 90's the press had it in for him, and now with his superb talent and competitiveness will be a player to go down in the history of English cricket as one of the best all rounders we've had.Yorkshire are also privelidged to have him as a member of their team.
In the last year Craig White has gone from an underachiever at test level to one of the most important players in England's line-up. Craig White is an Englishman who spent his childhood in Australia, still evident from his accent. He has always been a successful cricketer for his county, Yorkshire, batting in the middle order and bowling with pace, accuracy and variation, but until recently has failed to make a big impression on the Test Arena. White made his Test debut 6 years ago but the 1st Test against Pakistan is just his 13th game. He averages just 13.41 runs in his first 12 matches, although his bowling has been better with 24 wickets picked up. So why has Craig White gone from zero to hero? I must admit that I don't know why his early performances were not up to scratch, but it seems quite obvious why he is now enjoying great success in Test Match Cricket. Firstly his batting. Craig White made 93, his highest Test Score, in the first innings of the first Test against Pakistan. I would put this down to his willingness to attack the spin bowlers, whereas many other England batsmen may just stand in the crease defending. This unsettles bowlers and gives him more bad balls to hit. His bowling, probably his strong point has improved massively in recent times - he regularly bowls over 85mph, while his bouncer and yorker can go over 90mph. This is obviously a big advantage. His slower ball is excellent, stemming from the days when he bowled off-spin. White is also a good fielder, useful in both Test matches and One Day Internationals. Craig White will be paramount to England's success in Pakistan for the rest of the winter and is not far from establishing himself as a world-class all rounder.
I have been very disappointed with Craig White, with the bat he has done nothing getting out for ducks and his bowling as been nothing special. Ok, he picked up a couple of wickets but it’s not enough. He needs to play a good innings, a positive innings and get a score of 50 or above. England need a all rounder and if Craig White wants to press his claim for that position then he really must perform better. So far in the one day series he hasn’t done that with bat or bowl. He needs to be confident a bit like Pakistan’s young supremo Abdur Razzaq, what a player he is. He his confident when he bats, even a touch arrogant. And when he bowls he gets a couple of wickets. I think White must aim for that, a good innings and a couple of wickets. Batting shouldn’t be that difficult it’s a flat pitch, he should make a good knock. And if he can get a couple of wickets he’s done a job well done. But, I suppose when you’re up against the likes of Mushtaq and Saqlain batting isn’t easy. I hope he can make the position his own otherwise England will be again lucking for a number six batter and an all rounder. Nobody has got close to Ian Botham and sadly I don’t think England will. Ben Holliaoke was good but he seems to have faded somewhat from the international limelight.
Craig White? Everybody remembers him from the England team of about 5 years ago. Craig White has come back and he is on fire. His bowling in the recent series was excellent. He didn't put a foot wrong. His batting was fairly good, but i think he wil gain in confidence once he has put a few more runs on the board. i think that Craig white is in a dream world at the moment, as he is playing so well. He is a very good member of the England bowling attack and i can only see him getting better and better.
I, think the test series proved to England's selector's what a fine all-rounder Craig White is. He took five wickets in a inning twice, something which he had not done before, and he made some good knocks with the bat. White, had been drifting in and out of the England side. And although he had not played that badly, it was nothing impressive, but now after a while out. He seems a different bowler, he looked as if he would take wickets and he did. I, think this latest test series helped White the most. He has done brilliantly to recover from a black-out which he had suddenly in the Summer. His selection in the Winter's tour is duly rewarded as he has put 100% effort in when he played, bowled well and batted good as well
I thinks it fair to say that nobody was expecting White to come into the England and be bowling at 90 mph (someone will probably say they knew he would). Anyway thats faster than any other bowler out on the pitch. He is just wot England need I think - a good all rounder. His batting may be a little poorer for England than for Yorkshire but if he plays a few more games and gets his confidence up I'm sure he can hit his fair share of runs and be a handy batsmen for England. I'm a Yorkshire fan myself and that may make me slightly biased but this is my opinion on White and you can have yours but I hope I have persuaded you to agree with me that he should stay in the England team and become a regular.
I, think the test series proved to england's selector's what a fine all-rounder Craig White is. He took five wickets in a inning twice, something which he had not done before, and he made some good knocks with the bat. White, had been drifting in and out of the England side. And although he had not played that badly, it was nothing impressive, but now after a while out. He seems a different bowler, he looked as if he would take wickets and he did. I, think this latest test series helped White the most.
I must say I am so happy for this chap. He has for years had to plug away in county cricket after being discarded too early by england a few ago. Lets get it straight white is a fast bowler, he bowles just as fast as gough! in county cricket he gets more wickets than gough too. When he was first blooded into the team is was in a rocky period for both the team and white, he was still learning and was not given enough time to really settle in. Just typical of the england selectors! Now it seems white has really blossomed. He seems to be able to control the ball alot more than he used to, and still maintain the pace. His bowling is very decieving indeed, look at his tally of wickets this year alone! The future for english cricket is white! yorkshire white, I just hope they show patience with vaughan, hoggard, along with the class goughy and white.
Craig White is another England allrounder who has shown a lot of promise in the county circuit but has not delivered in an England shirt. Unfortunately he has never been given an extended run in the side and has often been the scapegoat for the side's failure. One thing that he has been able to show is that he is not very penetrative with the ball, despite possessing 'wicket-taking deliveries'. It now looks likely that he will be given a chance in the third test against the West Indies, let's hope he takes his chance.
It seems that anyone with potential in county cricket is ineligible for serious consideration for international selection until they have reached the age of 30. White has been in and around the England team for years, but has never been given a chance to prove his worth. However, this summer he may have the opportunity to shine. He bowls with surprising pace and gets late swing, and is especially effective against left handers. He is a competent attacking batsman, who will add uncustomary strength to the lower order. With Flintoff unable to bowl at the moment, Craig White should take his place when the test series resumes at Old Trafford.
Dominic Cork needs to watch out because Craig White is snapping at his heels for the all-rounder position. He like many has really shone in the one-day series recently, and has all the attributes needed for the all-rounder position. I like many think that Cork is our best at the moment but White is up there too. He bowls at a good pace and can peg back an innings and also take a few wickets. He’s also pretty handy with the bat, playing careful and powerful innings when needed. But what impresses me most about Craig White is his attitude. I’m not sure what it is but Yorkshire CCC must really instil an attitude into their players because I want to compare White’s attitude with that of Darren Gough. Both take a lot of pride playing for their country, both with a spring in their step and both with good cricket heads. Neither ever want to give up and both would do anything to keep England in a winning position. In my opinion Cork and White are amongst the best in the world, and if he could get rid of some of the inconsistency in his game he may even be chose above Cork.