Shaun David Udal was born in Hampshire in 1969 and is a former English cricketer. Nicknamed Shaggy, he was a right handed batsman and off spin bowler. A larger than life and popular character, he played county cricket for both Hampshire and Middlesex - the majority of his career at Hampshire where he has become somewhat of a legend. He also played for the national team, and during 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the England test team on their tour of Pakistan and India. He played in a total of four tests and eleven one day internationals, and is highly regarded within the sport.
Shaun joined Hampshire in 1987 and made his debut for the county two years later. His time with Hampshire was very successful and he played for the county in three Lord's finals. One of the proudest moments of his career was when he became the first local born captain to lead his team to victory when they won the C&G trophy in 2005. The spinner spent an impressive nineteen seasons with Hampshire before making the decision to retire in 2007. However, Shaun was tempted back to county cricket by Middlesex when he signed a two year contract for the club.
A consistent cricketer, Shaun played an important role in the club's victory in the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and he went on to become captain at Lord's. During his time at Middlesex he was instrumental in improving morale at the club and building a happier and more together team.
Shaun's international career began in 1994 when he made his debut for England against New Zealand. This was the first of his eleven appearances in one day internationals. However, it was not until 2005 that he was selected for test cricket. In fact, he became the first Hampshire born cricketer to play test cricket for England for over one hundred years. Although a consistent player at county level he was considered the surprise selection for England's 2005 tour of Pakistan. No doubt this had something to do with his impressive performance at Hampshire - notably the victory in the 2005 C&G trophy! England were looking for more spinners and he fitted that role perfectly. At the age of thirty six he made his test debut in the series opener in Multan and subsequently went on to play in all three matches. He also went on to play in the Indian tour later that winter.
Shaun retired from professional cricket in 2010 with a record that any sportsman can be proud of. He is available for after dinner speaking at locations all over the United Kingdom.