They don’t come much harder than Mark Gillespie and it might well be his die-hard attitude which has propelled him back into the international scene after a couple of year off.
Gillespie is an aggressive right-arm fast-medium bowler who made his debut back in 2008 against Sri Lanka in a Twenty20.
He quickly proved himself to be good enough to take on the international scene and got his chance in all three formats of the game.
On his Test debut Gillespie picked up figures of five for 136 against an impressive South African side.
Gillespie then went through a stage of jumping in and out of the national side, until a serious back injury ruled him out of the game for a substantial period of time.
Told by many doctors that he would be wise to end his career, Gillespie decided to ignore their advice and came back to play for Wellington at the age of 32.
It turned out to be a successful decision for both Gillespie and Wellington, as the abrasive bowler took 30 wickets in six first class matches in the 2011/2012 season.
During the BLACKCAPS Test series against South Africa, Gillespie received a call up to the squad for the second match and then made an astounding comeback to claim a five wicket bag in the first innings.
His continued effort in the domestic competitions has seen Gillespie rewarded with selection for the up coming tour to England.
With the fire that broods in this dragons belly, batsmen will have to be wary.