The off-spinner played 10 one-day internationals for England between 1994-1995, making his debut at the same time as Darren Gough in the Texaco Trophy match against New Zealand at Edgbaston when he took two wickets.
He continued to impress against South Africa and was selected for the 1994/95 Ashes tour but a torn side muscle forced him to return home.
He was selected against West Indies in 1995 but failed to take a wicket and did not feature for his country again until fine form for his county saw him make his Test debut on the tour of Pakistan in 2005.
He was awarded his county cap in 1992 and was named Hampshire Cricket Society Player of the Year in 1993 and 2002.
He also enjoyed a successful benefit year in 2002 which brought in a club record of £241,000.
He enjoyed a successful season in 2005 as Hampshire pushed for the Frizzell County Championship title and, with Shane Warne away on Ashes duty, Udal captained the side as they beat Warwickshire by 18 runs to win the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy.
He was recalled to the England squad 10 years after his last appearance when he was named in the Test squad for the first time for the winter tour to Pakistan.
He took five wickets in the opening tour match against a Patron's XI and was subsequently added to England's one-day squad.
He made his Test debut in the opener in Multan at the age of 36 and claimed his maiden Test wicket when Salman Butt edged to Marcus Trescothick at first slip and the ball bounced off his head for wicket-keeper Geraint Jones to collect the ricochet.
Udal also made 18 with the bat in the second innings but could not prevent a 22-run defeat.
It proved a difficult series for all the England bowlers, with Udal claiming three wickets in the 2-0 series defeat.
He returned to the one-day side for the final match of the tour and took a wicket in the six-run win, with the selectors then deciding he had done enough to retain his place in the Test squad to tour India at the start of 2006.
The 2006 season saw a decline in Udal's performance as he only managed 15 wickets in 10 Liverpool Victoria County Championship appearances.
He fared slightly better in the C&G Trophy towards the beginning of the season, taking 10 wickets in nine matches.
He announced his retirement at the end of the 2007 season after 18 years with Hampshire, but then signed a two-year deal with Middlesex in November.
Udal helped his new county to Twenty20 Cup glory in 2008 which earned them a place in the inaugural Stanford Super Series and Twenty20 Champions League competitions.
He took over the Middlesex captaincy in September and led the Crusaders in the Stanford Series. Although Middlesex did not win a match in Antigua, Udal was confirmed as captain for the 2009 season.
Under his stweardship Middlesex didn't enjoy the best of seasons, although Udal himself managed 37 wickets at 21 in the four-day game.