Richard Ellison took 17 wickets as England won the Ashes in 1985 and a promising international career beckoned.
But he only played a further four Tests, the Kent swing bowler blaming a change in the fabric of his trousers for his inability to obtain lateral movement.
Laughed at 20 years ago for being two pork pies short of a full picnic, it now seems he had a point.
New Zealand are set to unveil their new slacks in tomorrow's third Test against England at Trent Bridge.
The bowlers' trousers are specially designed to put shine on the ball and there is also a micro-slide version for fielders.
Lest not forget the IonX BaseLayer performance underwear which is claimed to improve performance by 2.7 per cent which means the Kiwis could turn a 237-run defeat into a 230-run defeat.
Inventor Dipal Patel, a former engineering student, told the Daily Telegraph: "To start with, we looked at putting two patches on the bowlers' trousers - one to shine the ball, and one to scuff it up, in case you wanted to produce reverse-swing.
"But we have since dropped the abrasive patch. I'm a member of MCC, and I didn't want to lose my membership for going against the spirit of cricket."
So the Sarfraz Nawaz range has been ruled out but there is still work on a pair of trousers covered with grit to be known as the "Athers".
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Don Bradman's Test career of course ended in a whimper - the greatest man ever to wield a piece of willow needed just four in his last Test innings at The Oval in 1948 to ensure a Test average of 100 but was out second ball for 0.
And the same has happened to Mr Bronwyn from Neighbours. Stuart MacGill's 0-75 leaving him with 208 wickets at a shade over 29 from his 44 Tests.
Those figures show that if you can turn a ball sideways on the M3, as MacGill could, you can take 4.72727273 wickets per match.
"MacGiller" made his Test debut in January 1998, since then England have used Phil Tufnell, Ian Salisbury, Peter Such, Robert Croft, Ashley Giles, Chris Schofield, Richard Dawson, Gareth Batty, Shaun Udal, Ian Blackwell and Monty Panesar. And he's better than all of them.
If he were English, we could have quite easily been talking about the third most successful bowler of all-time with 600+ wickets.
But then again his missus would have been in Emmerdale.
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