Shaun Udal

Shaun Udal

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 16:59 IST

 Date of Birth: 18 March 1969, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire
 Test Debut: Against Pakistan at Multan in 2005
 ODI Debut: Against New Zealand at Birmingham in 1994
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Off Break

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