Benjamin White is one of the young spinners coming through the ranks in Ireland. The tall leg-spinner was a part of the Ireland squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2016. He didn’t play a single game in that mega event and it took him five years to get back into the reckoning.
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White was included in the Ireland A squad that travelled to Bangladesh for five One-Day games and a T20 and he played five of those. While he was economical, the leg-spinner didn’t really pick a lot of wickets. But he did well against Netherlands A in the following series and was impressive in the Ireland Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy which included a five-wicket haul. Overall, he took 17 wickets at an average of 10.00 and a strike-rate of 8.4.
That prompted the Ireland selectors to include him in the T20I squad for the series against South Africa. White made his debut in that series and has played seven T20Is so far.
It was the third T20I of the three-match series against South Africa in July earlier this year that White made his international debut. He bowled three overs and conceded 27 runs on debut. However, he has bounced back decently and has picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 7.24. White was also included in Ireland’s T20 World Cup squad as well and played one game in that tournament. His current stats read – five wickets from seven T20I matches at an economy rate of 7.24.
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