Bransgrove: White should be on England radar

Giles White, left, and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove
Giles White, left, and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove
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He’s one of cricket’s Mr Nice Guys but Hampshire manager Giles White has been told by his chairman Rod Bransgrove: England should be looking in your direction.

White famously led the Royals to an unprecedented Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 double last season.

And Bransgrove is eager to keep his manager at the helm.

But the chairman has admitted his surprise there was no call from the ECB over White’s potential availability when Andy Flower stepped aside from his role as limited-overs manager and Ashley Giles was appointed.

Bransgrove said: ‘For me, Chalky (White) has got the most successful one-day record in the game.

‘He has won four trophies in four years, including two last year.

‘Giles definitely has a long-term future here at Hampshire if he wants it and he knows that.

‘But I’m surprised he has never been invited on an England tour.

‘His record in one-day cricket is more than a match for Ashley Giles, for instance, not that I am knocking that appointment at all.

‘But you thought they might have considered someone like Chalky if they were looking to improve as a one-day side.’

While former England spinner Giles has international experience on his side, it’s a fair point that his record is nowhere near as impressive as the Royals boss.

After victory at Lord’s against Sussex in 2009 in the now defunct Friends Provident 50-over trophy, White’s charges delivered a memorable t20 triumph on home soil in 2010.

The club drew a blank in 2011 – as they fell at the semi-final stage on t20 finals day.

But the 40-year-old then oversaw a major revamp of his playing staff.

And his trust in the club’s home-grown talent yielded the remarkable double last term.

And White – who spent eight years as a Hampshire player before joining the coaching staff and finally succeeding Paul Terry for the top job in 2008 – has clearly got the respect of players, staff and members alike.

‘We did something that nobody has ever done before last year,’ said Bransgrove.

‘It was a fantastic achievement from everyone concerned but Chalky is at the head of all of that.

‘It doesn’t get an awful lot of attention but Hampshire are at the top of the tree in short-form cricket at the moment.

‘I am sure he will have a few more years of successful leadership of the Hampshire team before he starts thinking about moving on.

‘I think it helps that you have that long-standing affinity to the county.

‘But we’ve got a management team in place – both on the cricketing side and the business side – that is closer than it has ever been before.’