Forty years after his Test debut, against Australia at The Oval, Paul Parker still feels it. He made nought and 13, before returning to Sussex, where it took two seasons to rebuild his confidence and his game.
By then, others had overtaken him, and England had moved on. But for Parker, now 65, details of his only Test appearance remain vivid. 'Dennis Lillee was coming in, and I noticed the cross he wore — a gold necklace,' he says.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'So I can't have been watching the ball. But I've got an England cap with my name on it, and my number, 492.' He pauses. 'I'm getting a bit emotional.'
Paul Parker (right) made 0 and 13 on his Test debut against Australia at The Oval in August '81
If some of the claims made over the past week are to be believed, the future of English cricket lies in a 100-ball format that has quickly become the sport's marmite.
But the quiver in Parker's voice feels like a corrective to the hype: for those who played it, Test cricket cuts deep. His experience is all the more poignant for its brevity, and retold as part of a superb new podcast series by Brian Murgatroyd called One Test Wonders.
An astonishing 95 — more than any other country — of England's 698 men's Test players have appeared only once, and Murgatroyd has been busy talking to those still around. What shines through are the very human attempts to rationalise a few days in their lives that came and went. Emotions range from incredulity to regret.
Tony Pigott was playing domestic cricket for Wellington in 1983-84, the winter of England's 'sex, drugs and