Australian import Cameron White believes Northants are facing a bright future thanks to the crop of young stars breaking into the first team at Wantage Road.
White has signed up for a second summer of Twenty20 cricket at the County Ground, and he admits one of the reasons he has agreed to return is the potential he sees in David Ripley’s crop of young players.
And although fast bowler Jack Brooks has departed for Yorkshire, White says he is looking forward to working under Alex Wakely who is the Steelbacks’ one-day captain for 2013.
“David Willey is quality player and so is Alex Wakely, who I thought captained us really well in the T20s last year,” said White, currently skippering Victorian Bushrangers Down Under. “Olly Stone is another, he has earned his place in the England U-19s squad so there is no doubt that Northamptonshire have got talented players coming through who are only going to improve in the future.”
White was easily the Steelbacks’ best performer in an otherwise unforgettable T20 campaign in 2012, with the County managing to win just one of their 10 group games in a miserable season.
And the 29-year-old is hoping to repeat his form with the bat this year, and also that the team enjoys better fortunes on the field this time around.
“I’m definitely going back to Northamptonshire for the Twenty20 matches this season and hopefully I can help the team out by playing well so we win as many matches as possible,” said White. “I played county cricket for Somerset in 2007 and 2008 so I sort of knew what I was in for at Northamptonshire last year.
“The conditions were not unfamiliar to me so it was fantastic being a part of the group.”
White will join up with Northants for the Twenty20, with fellow Aussie Trent Copeland turning out in the LV= Championship and CB40 in the first half of the season.
As it stands, Northants have yet to sign an overseas player for the second half of the domestic campaign.