Cameron White, who played four Tests, 91 ODIs and 47 T20Is for Australia between 2005 and 2014, has retired from professional cricket. White, 37, will continue playing Premier Cricket with Melbourne Cricket Club and wants to give coaching a go.
"I've definitely finished up playing, that's for sure," White told cricket.com.au. "I had a one-year playing contract with the [Adelaide] Strikers. I only played a handful of games with them last year and in those games I would have needed to play really well to get another deal.
"To be totally honest, I'm pretty content. I think my time is definitely up, I've had enough from a playing point of view and I'm ready to focus on coaching."
White has been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket with 10,537 first-class runs from 177 games at an average of 39.91. He posted similarly impressive batting numbers in List A (7703 runs at 37.57) and T20 (5469 at 30.72) cricket. A competent legspinner, too, White picked up 195 wickets in first-class, and 104 and 26 in List A and T20 respectively.
"I've enjoyed the bits and pieces I've done so far. Part of my role with the Strikers last year involved coaching. Over my playing years, a lot of those as captain, I played that role of a coach a bit as well so hopefully I can enjoy it and be half decent at it"
White on taking up coaching
The Victorian has also been part of multiple team successes over the years: six Sheffield Shields, a domestic one-day title, two wins in the old inter-state T20 league and a Big Bash League trophy. He was also the captain, and the highest run-getter of the tournament, when Australia won the U-19 World Cup in 2002.
However, his Test career didn't take off. His four Tests - all on a tour of India in 2008 - netted him just 146 runs and five wickets. He was more successful in the white-ball cricket though, playing predominantly as a batsman, scoring 2072 runs at an average of 33.96 in ODIs and 984 runs at 32.80 and a strike rate of 132.97 in T20Is.
With Melbourne, and the state of Victoria, hard hit by Covid-19, White has been mentoring Victoria's Under-19 players over video. "I'm just keen to get involved in it [coaching] and give it a go," he said. "I don't know if I'll be any good at it.
"I've enjoyed the bits and pieces I've done so far. Part of my role with the Strikers last year involved coaching. Over my playing years, a lot of those as captain, I played that role of a coach a bit as well so hopefully I can enjoy it and be half decent at it."