White commits to Stars but quits captaincy

CAMERON WHITE has both re-signed and resigned at Melbourne Stars, sealing a new three-year contract but relinquishing the captaincy in the process.
Nanjing Night Net

The big-hitting batsman, who has just been recalled to the national Twenty20 team, was one of six players whose commitment to the MCG-based team was confirmed today.

David Hussey and Rob Quiney have joined White in signing three-year contracts, as has England all-rounder Luke Wright, who scored a blazing century away to Hobart last season.

Incumbent Australian limited-overs wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has signed a one-year deal. His understudy Peter Handscomb, a specialist batsman who is striving to improve his wicketkeeping, has also confirmed his allegiance for the 2012-13 season.

The announcement confirms the Stars will have a distinctively Victorian influence with the bat, with former Melbourne Renegades Brad Hodge and Glenn Maxwell replacing homeward-bound duo George Bailey (Hobart Hurricanes) and Adam Voges (Perth Scorchers).

While the Stars’ batting line-up is almost complete none of their bowlers have been confirmed.

Left-arm spinner Jon Holland, an unused Stars’ squad member last season, has quit to join Adelaide Strikers. While that move seemingly increases the chances of Shane Warne’s retention — Holland seemingly would have been kept if Warne had already formally rejected a second season — both chairman Eddie McGuire and chairman of selectors Ian Chappell said negotiations with the champion leg-spinner are ongoing.

All Big Bash League teams must have signed at least 14 players when the first transfer window closes on Friday.

* SOUTH AFRICAN limited-overs specialist Albie Morkel will join compatriot Herschelle Gibbs at Perth Scorchers.

All-rounder Morkel, the elder brother of lanky Proteas paceman Morne Morkel, excelled on a 2008-09 limited-overs tour of Australia and is highly regarded in the Indian Premier League and other overseas leagues.

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