Shaun Udalindia Updated: Oct 23, 2006 16:59 IST
A surprise pick on two occasions for England, 11 years apart, Shaun Udal made his international debut in 1994, hand-picked by Ray Illingworth when he became chairman of selectors at the beginning of the summer.
A steady performer for Hampshire, he was drafted into the one-day squad for the Texaco Trophy matches against New Zealand - making his debut alongside Darren Gough. He dismissed Adam Parore and Ken Rutherford, and consistent performances against South Africa at the end of the summer gained him a place on the 1994-95 Ashes tour.
However, he didn't escape the injury jinx that hit the tour, a torn side muscle forcing him home early. After a wicketless Texaco series against the West Indies in 1995 he disappeared from the England scene, but remained a high quality county performer, and in September 2005, he was named in a 17-man squad for England's tour of Pakistan.
The arrival of Shane Warne at Hampshire had revived his career and turned him into a much more attacking bowler, and he continued to make valuable runs in the lower order. The one blot on Udal's career is the three-year ban from club cricket handed to him after being found guilty of violent conduct, while playing for his club, Camberley, in the Surrey Championships.
First Published: Feb 15, 2006 18:04 IST