Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
ANDREW White is determined to win back his place in the Ireland team – and he has an extra special reason.
One more cap will put the Instonians all-rounder out on his own as the most capped Ireland international – he is currently tied with Kyle McCallan on 226 appearances – and he is targeting the Sri Lanka A series in July to break the record.
White has played only two one-games for his country since the start of 2013 – he batted nor bowled in neither – but believes he is the same player as when he was last selected.
Very little has changed. I haven't suffered a loss of form, it's just been a lack of opportunity, I've been on sidelined as 12th man When all the county boys are available there is not another batsman in the country who would break into that top six.
They have gone with Andy McBrine, the youth option, for the Twenty20s and I can understand that but the 50-over and four-day games are completely different and I hope to be considered for the Sri Lanka A games in July," said White.
"It's just a case of continuing to knock on the door by taking wickets and scoring runs. I'm reasonably happy with my form and hope it continues for another couple of months."
White returns to his favourite form of the game this week, as captain of the Northern Knights in their three-day inter-provincial championship against the North West Warriors at Stormont.
"I've been lucky to play on good pitches at Eglinton, Stormont and The Lawn in the tournament and hopefully we have another one on Tuesday which our extremely long batting line-up can take advantage of," said the skipper.
Nick Larkin will have the hardest task of his players, trying to emulate his staggering 247 not out in the Knights' last match when they scored 501 for four against Leinster Lightning last August.
"We didn't win the championship last year but we came very close to doing it. Leinster were tipped to make a clean sweep of the three (inter-pro) trophies last year and it is the same again this year. We pipped them to the one-day title and this year we are determined to go one better in the three-day tournament. So, we need good weather and a positive result this week, but we will not be under-estimating the Warriors," added White.
Lisburn's Craig Ervine, a three-day regular last season, returns to the Knights squad and is joined by Shane Getkate and Jacob Mulder who are added to the team which got the better of the Warriors in the one-day game last Monday.