White: We need return to one-day format

Giles White. Hampshire v Leicestershire. County Championship division two. Ageas Bowl. April 10-13, 2013. Picture: Neil Marshall
Giles White. Hampshire v Leicestershire. County Championship division two. Ageas Bowl. April 10-13, 2013. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Giles White believes Hampshire’s return to one-day cricket has come at the right time.

The Royals host Derbyshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition today still licking their wounds from the heavy defeat in the County Championship clash with Gloucestershire last week.

But while Hampshire are struggling for results in the four-day form of the game, it’s a different mindset in one-day cricket after last term’s domestic double.

And that has continued into this season with four wins out of five in the 40-over competition as they challenge for more silverware.

Hampshire have simply looked a better side in one-day cricket than they have with the red ball in the four-day game.

But White believes a return to the shorter format is the spark his men need to get themselves out of a tough spell.

The Hampshire manager said: ‘We are in a winning streak in that form of the game – that’s the reality of it.

‘We have played well in one-day cricket and we have got to continue to do that.

‘But by the time we get to the next four-day game, we have got to give it some thought on how we get to the levels we expect of each other.

‘It’s a long season. There are ups and downs and we’ve had a bit of a blip.

‘But we’ve got to make sure it’s just a blip.

‘So maybe these one-day games come at a good time for us.’

After the home clash with Derbyshire, it’s a trip to Durham on Saturday in the YB40.

Then the club start the defence of their Friends Life t20 crown on June 26 with a home clash against Surrey Lions.

While there was a frank and open meeting in the dressing room following the defeat to Gloucestershire, White is confident he will get the right response from his players after giving them the weekend off.

He said: ‘We were very honest in the changing room after the Gloucestershire game.

‘We need to execute better with the ball and we need to be better with the bat for sustained periods.

‘But there is every effort going in to make that happen.

‘There is a lot of hard work in the nets and a good team spirit among the group.

‘We’ve got a lot of cricket coming up, so it was a two-day break and then we went back into the nets with intensity.

‘We want to take some of our one-day form into the four-day format.

‘But we have some important games coming up in the 40-over game. That is our first priority.’

Currently third in the table, Hampshire can go back to the top with a victory in this evening’s day-night encounter.