One of the finest wicketkeepers of his generation, Read will perhaps be best remembered for attempting to duck under a Chris Cairns slower-ball yorker and being bowled in his second Test appearance.
A spell on the international fringes, not solely due to that moment, followed, but Read earned his next opportunity when Alec Stewart retired in 2003.
A successful tour behind the stumps followed against West Indies, only for him to be surprisingly be dropped for Geraint Jones, who was seen as the better batsman.
The latter held the position until 2006, when a catalogue of errors became too much for the selectors, ensuring Read a recall in the third Test against Pakistan.
Despite impressing again as a keeper - and performing admirably with the bat - he was omitted for the first three Tests of England’s ill-fated Ashes tour later that year.
He did return and play the final two encounters, but, with the emergence of Matt Prior the following summer, was not seen again on the international stage.
Read - who was handed the captaincy at Notts in 2008 - remains a star for his county, where his impressive record with the ball compliments his excellence as a gloveman.