July 20, 2002

White thrilled by recall to Test squad

Craig White admitted that he thought his time as an England player might be up before he was recalled to the squad for the first npower Test against India at Lord's.

The Yorkshire all-rounder is aiming to make the most of being given another chance. Although he scored his first Test century in Ahmedabad last winter, White didn't feature in the New Zealand series and it's the first time he's been included in an England squad this summer.

"Obviously I'm glad to be back in again," White said. "You sometimes think when you are left out when the contracts are up that maybe your time is up and you might not get another chance.

"But it's great to get another chance and that's something I'm going to try to make the most of. I don't know how they are going to use me - or even if they are going to use me.

"It's probably between me and Corky because I think they're after a fifth bowler who can bat. I started off the season well making runs but I didn't bowl a lot.

"Opening the batting you can always get out early, but there's a big innings around the corner because I feel like I'm moving my feet well. I also feel like my bowling's been coming along well.

"I haven't faced India over here but I enjoyed myself out there in the winter. I made a hundred over there and would like to face them in English conditions."