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Full name Colin Derek White
Born April 4, 1937, Chiswick, Middlesex
Died February 27, 2012 (aged 74 years 329 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Old Cranleighans
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm chinaman
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Cranleigh School, Surrey
Generally regarded as the most stylist batsman to have come out of Cranleigh since the war, Colin White was an archetypal left-hander, whose every stroke seemed to rely on timing rather than force and to who an ugly shot was an anathema. After four years in the 1st XI he went on to represent Cambridge and Surrey 2nd XI, but his chances of a Blue were wrecked when he was hit in the mouth and hospitalised by when playing against the New Zealand tourists. In contrast to the safety needed in his as a banker, as a batsman he looked to attack from the first ball, with the drive over extra cover his favourite stroke. He was also an quite outstanding cover fielder, his speed and agility being further strengthened by an ability to pick the ball up and throw with either hand. In later years he turned to wicketkeeping with some success, possibly frustrated by his under use as a capable bowler of Chinamen.
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?