White sets promotion task

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Giles White has shot down suggestions Hampshire are one-day wonders.

The first-team manager has steered his side to an unprecedented run of success in limited overs cricket with four trophies in four years, including last season’s extraordinary double.

But while four-day success has eluded him and his troops so far during his time in charge, White remains focused on putting that right this term as Hampshire embark on another dvision two campaign tomorrow – with promotion very much on their agenda.

The Hampshire boss said: ‘The four-day game is still the pinnacle of the game in domestic cricket.

‘We treat every competition with every respect and we want to do as well as we possibly can in all formats.

‘Limited overs has been a successful form of the game in the past few years but we also pride ourselves on our four-day cricket.

‘So the big challenge this year is to win promotion.

‘I can understand why some teams or coaches might target the limited overs competitions, but that’s certainly not the case for us.

‘To grow as a team, you judge yourselves over all three competitions.

‘The obvious area where we can improve is in the longer format.

‘There is no reason why we can’t get promotion, if we play good cricket.

‘On the flip side, there are some good sides out there and we are not head and shoulders above anyone else in four-day cricket.

‘But I would expect us to be in the top pack and pushing for promotion.’

The difference in fortunes last term was stark as Hampshire struggled to find any kind of rhythm in four-day cricket, yet looked like world beaters in limited overs.

White, however, believes it is down to his side maturing as a team and has tasked his players with stepping it up.

He said: ‘Last year, we were a developing side and I still believe that’s the case.

‘But now we are a bit more of a mature outfit.

‘Hopefully, this is the season we can do it and it all comes together for us.

‘I still feel we are developing and that will happen over the next couple of years.

‘But Last season, I felt we played okay at best and there is a lot of room for improvement in the four-day game, if we are honest with ourselves.

‘It’s up to us to push on now.’

While promotion is the priority, White is simply keen to see his men improve in all areas of the game.

He said: ‘As a coach, it’s hard to look at the outcomes.

‘But I will be happy if at the end of the season, I can look back and see that we have progressed.

‘I’m happy with the squad we’ve got and it’s now all about executing our skills when it matters and it all starts for real.’