Ireland's Andrew White to retire
Andrew White, Ireland's most-capped player, has announced his retirement from the game
Andrew White, Ireland's most-capped player, has announced his retirement from the game. Allrounder White, 34, was a regular in the Ireland side for a decade and played in all but one of their matches at the 2007 World Cup, bowling the final over of their tied match against Zimbabwe.
White, who appeared 231 times for his country, missed out on his third World Cup after picking up a finger injury. His last appearance came against Scotland in August.
"It is with a heavy heart that I am retiring from representing Ireland on the international stage," White said. "Over the last 15 years I have poured my heart and soul into Irish cricket and to play a part in undoubtedly one of the great success stories of Irish sport has been an incredible experience.
"It had been my ambition to finish my international career at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks, however, suffering a compound fracture of my right index finger in September meant that this was unfortunately not going to be possible."
Particularly strong in first-class cricket, where he averaged 52.80, White was a reliable presence in the middle order who could also bowl tidy offspin. He hit the winning runs when Ireland beat the touring West Indians in 2004 and the following month made 152 not out on first-class debut against Netherlands. As well as contributing to wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup, he was again part of the squad in 2011.
White helped Ireland to four Intercontinental Cup victories, the most recent in 2013. His tally of 1552 runs in the competition puts him fourth on the leading run-scorers' list. A schoolteacher by profession, White intends to continue playing domestically in Ireland for Instonians and Northern Knights.
During White's time, the sport has grown to the point that Ireland have a roadmap to playing Test cricket and are pushing for regular competition against Full Members. They have qualified for the last four World T20s and three consecutive World Cups.
"The memories and stories are plenty," White said, "to have come through the disappointing failure to qualify for the 2003 World Cup, the introduction of Adi Birrell as coach, changed the sport here forever.
"In 2007, we finally realised every cricketer's dream to play in a World Cup. As players, we lived the dream to the full and shared it with so many wonderful supporters, something that will live long in the memory."
Phil Simmons, Ireland's head coach, called White a "great ambassador for Irish cricket" and paid tribute to his many years of service.
"His longevity in a 15-year career is testament to both his talent and his consistency - he rarely let his team down and it's no coincidence that he was involved in so many key moments in Ireland's triumphs over the years," Simmons said. "I'd like to thank him for his efforts over an illustrious career, and wish him and his family all the very best in the future."