Umpiring option put on hold as White joins Hampshire

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Long-time Yorkshire player and coach Craig White has joined Hampshire’s coaching staff for the 2012 season.

The 42-year-old former England all-rounder left his native Yorkshire after 21 years at the end of last summer.

White, who had been first-team coach under Martyn Moxon for two seasons, decided not to reapply for his position when the club announced they would be trimming their coaching staff from five to four.

He said at the time that a future as an umpire held more appeal for him than resuming his coaching career.

However, he has turned up at the Rose Bowl with the side who lost their County Championship Division One status alongside Yorkshire last season.

White said: “This is a very exciting new challenge for me.

“I’ve always admired the way things are done at Hampshire – it seems a very focused but relaxed place so it should be exactly my kind of atmosphere.

“They’ve got some great young cricketers there so I’m looking forward to working with them.”

White first played for Yorkshire in 1990 and went on to captain the side before retiring as a player in 2007. He helped them win the County Championship in 2001 and represented England from 1994 to 2003.

A brilliant century by Virat Kohli steered India to an astonishing seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Set 321 for victory and needing to reach the target within 40 overs to secure a bonus point and keep their Commonwealth Bank Series finals hopes alive, the previously misfiring Indian batting line-up clicked into gear at Blundstone Arena to produce a stunning victory.

They passed the target on the fourth ball of the 37th over to move level with Sri Lanka in second place in the tournament standings, but still need to rely on Australia winning against Sri Lanka on Friday to go through to the final with a superior win/loss record against their fellow tourists.

It was the equal third highest Indian run chase in ODI history, and was achieved with more than 12 overs to spare.