England fans will need no reminding of Bichel's talents.
He produced arguably one of the best all-round one-day performances of this or any other era in the 2003 World Cup at Port Elizabeth, taking 7-20 before sharing an unbroken, match-winning partnership of 73 for the ninth wicket with Michael Bevan to steer Australia into the knockout stages at England's expense.
A bustling pace bowler possessed with an abundance of energy and indomitable spirit, Bichel's record of 227 runs in three first class innings for Hampshire last season underlines his influence with the bat.
Worcestershire, for whom he starred for two seasons before joining Hampshire in 2005, often employed him as a pinch-hitter at the top of the order.
And there can be no truer reflection of Bichel's standing in the game than former Worcestershire coach Tom Moody's comments that he is "one of the most unselfish cricketers that I've encountered".
He impressed during his short spell at Essex in 2006 taking 32 wickets in eight games and also averaged nearly 38 with the bat.
He also topped Essex's wicket-taking in the NatWest Pro40 and 20Twenty competitions.