Cameron White has emerged as a leading contender to fill the overseas spot at Worcestershire for the Twenty20 competition.
The Australian all-rounder currently heads a list of "three or four" overseas players under consideration. As a clean-hitting batsman, fine fielder and tight though limited leg-spin bowler, White’s attraction to Worcestershire is obvious. He is a limited-over match-winner and as dangerous a striker of the ball as anyone in the game.
White will need little introduction to New Road regulars. As Somerset captain he raced to a century in just 55 deliveries in a Twenty20 game at Worcester in 2006, finishing unbeaten on 141 from 70 deliveries. It remains the highest score in the short history of Twenty20 and may long remain the highest losing score.
White is involved in the Indian Premier League, but will be available in time for Worcestershire’s first Twenty20 game (against Gloucestershire) on June 12.
Shaun Pollock and Herschelle Gibbs are also options under consideration by Worcestershire’s director of cricket, Steve Rhodes. Pollock is keen to play in the county Twenty20 competition this season and has been linked with Surrey, while Gibbs is currently out of favour with the South African selectors.
The club also have the opportunity to retain Steve Magoffin for the Twenty20 tournament. The Australian fast bowler has signed for the first couple of months of the season and could have his contract extended. That is unlikely, however, as he has little limited-overs experience and has played just one Twenty20 game.
Bajan fast bowler Fidel Edwards arrives in July and will fulfil the overseas duties to the end of the season.