Cameron White playing for the Renegades in the Big Bash League.
Cameron White playing for the Renegades in the Big Bash League. JULIAN SMITH

White wants fifth Shield title to cap tumultuous few years

IN the NBA they'd call if "one for the thumb".

A fifth championship would mean a fifth ring, all digits covered, and a fistful of success.

Victoria captain Cameron White is seeking one for his thumb when the Bushrangers take on South Australia from Sunday in what will be his seventh Sheffield Shield final.

He was 12th man when the Vics lost the decider to Queensland in 2001, his first year of first-class cricket, when he was just 18.

But four wins since, including three as skipper, has him on the verge of achieving something special in Alice Springs, Victoria's "home away from home".

It's remarkable to think White is still going 16 seasons after he first donned a navy blue cap for the Bushrangers as a teenager from Bairnsdale.

He's played for Australia, captained Australia, skippered his state, lost the captaincy, been dropped, regained his spot, and is now in charge again.

White, now 33, doesn't think anyone should be surprised he's still turning up, and his recent numbers frank that thought.

In January he was named Australian domestic player of the year for the second time in three years, having plundered 1408 runs across all three forms of domestic cricket in a 12-month period.

And while he concedes he started thinking about the end "some time ago", especially as he fell out of favour with state selectors in 2015, he's contracted for another year and has no inkling to pull the pin yet.

"I've been probably thinking about the future for a while now, not just the last couple of years when I was in and out of the team," White said.

"I still feel as though I am playing most games as my last. That's the nature of what the competition is now, as you get older.

"It could be a good thing, makes sure you are always switched on, never relaxed. That's the sort of mantra I have tried to take in the last couple of years."

White could already have his "one for the thumb" but couldn't make the team when the Vics won the 2014-15 Shield final, the first of two in a row.

It was part of a tumultuous time for White who was then overlooked for the first five matches of the 2015-16 season, made a duck on his return, and was dropped again.

It was a heady fall for Victoria's youngest-ever Shield captain, who had led the Vics to 33 wins during his decade in charge.

But resilience is at White's core, and when he got back for a second time he made a second-innings century against Tasmania, held his spot, and made a crucial 78 in the final win over SA in Glenelg.

This summer he hasn't missed a game, is on the verge of 500 Shield runs for the season and, more than anything, wants to get his "one for the thumb".

"It sounds like a nice number, five," he said.

"When you start your career, the older blokes say don't take it for granted, that 10 years will go quick. And that's the case, it does go quick and you wonder where that time has gone.

"Things can ebb and flow throughout your career, I understand that.

"But whether I am captain or not, have been in the team for a couple of games or played all season like it's been this year, I just love playing cricket for Victoria."

News Corp Australia

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