In 18 stellar years in big cricket, Cameron White’s formidable CV includes Australian selection across all three formats, his first Victorian games at 17, the Bushranger’s captaincy at 20, the Australian Twenty20 captaincy and five Sheffield Shields.
Captain for 10 years from 2003-04 (when he was just 20), White’s cool and calm leadership inspired confidence. His slips fielding was sublime and wrist spinners more than handy.
He was in charge of a champion team and had the absolute faith and support of his coaches David Hookes, Greg Shipperd, David Saker and now Andrew McDonald
Maybe his finest ‘team’ moment of all came at Alice Springs in March 2016, when he and Big V tailender Scott Boland denied fast-finishing NSW a victory and lifted the Bushrangers into another Shield final, which they won in Adelaide a fortnight later. With a painstaking 97 not out, in five and a half hours in wicked heat, White was simply awesome. Few have sung the Big V song as passionately as on Night 5 at Glenelg Oval after the Vics unlikely 30th title.
A frontline batsman who played four Tests against the Indians in 2008 as Australia’s No.1 spinner, White represented Australia 142 times.
Now almost 35, he passed 10,000 first-class runs last summer in a season when he aggregated 574 Shield runs at an average of 50-plus — having started the season as 12th man.
A country boy from Bairnsdale and soon to be a father-of-two, we are honoured to have Cam (‘The Bear’) White as our guest of honour,
Tests: 4, 146 runs at 29; 5 wickets at 68
ODIs: 91, 2072 runs at 34, strike-rate 80
Twenty20s: 47, 984 at 33, strike-rate 133
126 games, 7003 runs at 36, highest score 150, 10 100s.
168 games, 10,087 runs at 40, highest score 260 not out, 21 100s; 195 wickets at 41
Date: Friday, 25th May 2018
Time: 12 noon for a 12.30 start
Venue: Our renowned city base, the Kelvin Club
(Melbourne Place, just up from the corner of Bourke St and Russell St)
Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members
Pre-payment essential. Contact Wayne Ross on 0416 983 888
Banking Details BSB: 633-000; Account: 143226314.
*Please include your surname with ‘BEAR’, (ie: ROSSBEAR) if paying directly into the Account.