Shaun Udal

Country: England
Born: March 18, 1969, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire
Height: 6ft 3in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Shaun Udal Bio

Shaun David Udal, born on March 5, 1969, in Swanmore, Hampshire, England, is a former professional cricket player who represented England and Hampshire county. Throughout his career, Udal made a name for himself as a steady performer and a valuable all-rounder in both domestic and international cricket.

Udal’s journey to international recognition was a rollercoaster ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. His first taste of international cricket came in 1994, when he was hand-picked by Ray Illingworth, the chairman of selectors, for the Texaco Trophy matches against New Zealand. This marked the beginning of Udal’s path to representing England.

After an impressive performance in the Texaco Trophy, Udal was selected for England’s Ashes tour of Australia in the 1994-95 season. However, his tour was cut short due to injury, as he suffered a torn side muscle. Despite this setback, Udal remained committed to his craft and consistently performed well for Hampshire in county cricket.

Udal’s chance for redemption on the international stage came in 2005 when, at the age of 36, he finally made his Test debut for England on their tour of Pakistan. Initially overlooked for the subsequent Tests in India, Udal was called up for the final match in Mumbai. It was during this match that Udal showcased his skill and talent, stunning India’s batsmen with a remarkable haul of 4 for 14 on the final afternoon, including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. England went on to square the series in thrilling fashion, thanks in large part to Udal’s impressive performance.

Following his successful Test debut, Udal’s career took another surprising turn when he was named in England’s squad for the tour of Pakistan. His ability to adapt and evolve as a player was evident through his revitalized bowling technique, thanks to the influence of his Hampshire teammate, Shane Warne. Udal became a more attacking bowler, consistently taking wickets and contributing valuable runs in the lower order.

However, Udal’s career was marred by a three-year ban from club cricket after being found guilty of violent conduct while playing for his club, Camberley, in the Surrey Championships. Despite this setback, Udal remained determined to make a positive impact on the game.

In 2007, Udal announced his retirement from first-class cricket but was offered the opportunity to play for Berkshire in 2008. Surprisingly, in December of that year, Middlesex enticed Udal out of retirement, signing him on a two-year contract. His career took yet another twist when he was named captain part-way through the season, solidifying his position as a leader within the team.

Although Udal’s tenure as captain did not result in significant success for Middlesex, his contribution to the team and his wealth of experience were invaluable. In 2010, he resigned from the captaincy and announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the age of 41.

Shaun Udal’s career serves as an inspiring tale of perseverance and determination. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, he remained committed to his craft and made a lasting impact on the cricketing world. With his remarkable performances and unexpected feats, Udal’s legacy as an all-rounder for England and Hampshire will forever be remembered.

Shaun Udal Career Stats

Shaun Udal Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 1 109 33* 18.16 214 50.93 0 0 14 1 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 11 7 4 35 11* 11.66 46 76.08 0 0 1 0 1 0
FC 301 430 79 7931 117* 22.59 - - 1 34 - - 127 0
List A 410 264 82 2966 79* 16.29 - - 0 9 - - 136 0
T20s 60 39 15 382 40* 15.91 314 121.65 0 0 29 14 16 0

Shaun Udal Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 7 596 344 8 4/14 5/67 43 3.46 74.5 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 11 11 612 400 9 2/37 2/37 44.44 3.92 68 0 0 0
FC 301 - 53921 26695 822 8/50 - 32.47 2.97 65.5 - 37 5
List A 410 - 18667 13830 458 5/43 5/43 30.19 4.44 40.7 9 1 0
T20s 60 58 1155 1357 50 3/19 3/19 27.14 7.04 23.1 0 0 0

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