Where are they now?: Ken Shuttleworth

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WHILE never living up to early comparisons with Brian Statham and Fred Trueman, the Lancashire fast bowler Ken Shuttleworth did at least win a place on one Ashes tour - as a member of Ray Illingworth's victorious 1970-71 team.

A second-innings return of 5 for 47 in the first Test at Brisbane justified his inclusion but he suffered a groin injury after the second Test and could not regain his place. He did, however, appear in cricket's first limited-overs international, hurriedly arranged after the third Test in Melbourne was washed out.

Shuttleworth, who made his Lancashire debut in 1964, joined Leicestershire in 1977 and retired in 1980 with 623 first-class wickets (average 24.32). He spent most of the next 10 years working for British Coal in marketing but four years ago went into partnership with a friend in a civil engineering firm which specialises in de-watering.

He still plays cricket for Congleton, where he has lived for 24 years, in the North Staffordshire League. 'I only really bat,' he said. 'If I bowl these days it is Wednesday or Thursday before I've recovered.' He will be 50 next month.

Married with two daughters, aged 22 and 20, he has recently teamed up again with Peter Lever, his new-ball partner at Old Trafford, to coach youngsters on the county's behalf.

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