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White forced to take a break from bowling

A recurrence of a rib injury has forced Craig White to play as a specialist batsman for the rest of the season, further ruining any hopes of making an England comeback.

White was examined by the Yorkshire physio on Tuesday and they now plan to re-assess his condition at the end of the summer. He told the BBC, "I'll play as a batsman and if I get back bowling, fine, but if not, I'm going to have to sit down and really think about where I'm heading."

He added: "I'm 33 and I think I've got a lot of cricket left in me yet - it's just that when you keep getting injured it does get you down, and there's only so much you can take. I'll just re-assess at the end of the summer - see where I am."

White, who underwent surgery on his ribs at the start of the season, left the field during Yorkshire's National League match against Surrey on Sunday. "It has been sore since I started bowling against Somerset at Taunton, but I knew and I was just hoping it would gradually get better," he told the Yorkshire Post. "I tried to bowl a bouncer at Mark Butcher but as soon as I had released the ball I had excruciating pain in the same area. It was as if someone had stabbed me with a knife."