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Full name David William White
Born December 14, 1935, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
Died August 1, 2008, West Sussex Golf Club, Pulborough, West Sussex (aged 72 years 231 days)
Major teams England, Glamorgan, Hampshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Oct 21-26, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v England at Karachi, Feb 2-7, 1962 scorecard|
|List A span||1963-1972|
The majority of Butch White's 16-year career was spent with Hampshire and he was part of the side that won the Championship title for the first time in 1961. He formed a powerful new-ball combination alongside Derek Shackleton, who died less than a year ago, but after a decade of loyal service he was ignominiously discarded after an injury-blighted summer in 1971. He finished his playing days with one season at Glamorgan in 1972, but it's his exploits on the south coast that he'll be remembered for.
A broad-shouldered bowler with a long run-up, his best figures were 9 for 44 against Leicestershire in 1966 and he took over 100 wickets on four occasions.
The two Tests he played came on docile pitches in Pakistan, but he played his part on debut with 3 for 65 in the first innings at Lahore, as England went on to win by five wickets. Some attributed his lack of international recognition to the fact he had been no-balled by Paul Gibb twice in 1960, although team-mate Roy Marshall argued that White's action made throwing an impossibility.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?