Left-arm spinner Stephen Parry enjoyed one of his best seasons for Lancashire in 2015 finishing joint top wicket taker in the NatWest T20 Blast alongside James Faulkner.
His reward was a call up to the England IT20 squad when they took on Pakistan in Dubai where again Parry impressed, but his performances were not enough to get the spinner in the World Cup squad in India.
Twenty-eight-year-old Parry played one-day and Twenty20 international cricket for England in early 2014 under the coaching of Ashley Giles, Lancashire’s new head coach and director of cricket.
He would have played more Championship cricket, but he missed the vast majority of the back end of the 2013 summer with a broken arm, suffered during a freak accident whilst batting in the nets.
He would have hoped to have played more than the three matches he managed having started the season as the club’s number two spinner in the Championship behind Simon Kerrigan, who went on to make his Test debut for England.
There was still a career highlight prior to his injury, with him claiming a career best 5-17 in a 40-over win against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford in May. His figures were also the joint second best by a Lancashire player in the history of one-day cricket.
And, ironically, Gary Keedy was playing for Surrey in the same match, with the veteran left-armer playing a huge part in Parry’s development during his time at Lancashire.
At the end of the summer, he also captained the seconds to one-day and Championship title glory.
Parry played two one-day internationals against the West Indies in the Caribbean in March 2014, taking four wickets, and then two T20 internationals that followed in Barbados ahead of one game in the World T20 in Bangladesh later that month.
He made an immediate impact, claiming the Man of The Match honours with 3-32 on ODI debut in Antigua.
Since taking five wickets on his first-class debut against Durham University in April of 2007, the former Old Trafford Academy and Scholarship player has had his opportunities against the red ball limited, as aforementioned.
Parry played in two County Championship matches against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and Durham at Old Trafford in 2009, also opening the batting in the latter.
Parry has made his name with the white ball. On the back of some consistent performances for the Lightning, he played for the Lions in a 50-over triangular match against India A at New Road in July, 2010, returning 3-48 from his ten overs.
Parry’s strength is his versatility. While bowling is obviously his main attribute, he is a more than useful batsman and another excellent fielder.
Parry took four wickets and scored 98 runs in three Championship matches in 2014, nine wickets from four one-day matches and eight wickets from 15 T20s. He also played for the England Lions during the summer, and he will travel to South Africa with them in the build-up to 2015.
Graham Hardcastle (c) Lancashire County Cricket Club