Back in 2004, New Zealand saw an opening batsman who started off as a spin bowler before re-igniting his professional career with Otago score 93 and 101 in the first Test at Lord's.
It may be too much to hope that Aaron Redmond can achieve similar heroics when he makes his Test debut at the top of the order for New Zealand at Lord's here on Thursday.
But hopes are high the Otago batsman can cement a place as an opener, a position that has caused New Zealand plenty of problems recently.
Cementing a place, for a start, would be a relief not just to Redmond but very likely to his father too.
Rodney Redmond has become the answer to one of cricket's more enduring trivia questions: Name the New Zealand batsman who on his Test debut scored 107 and 56 against Pakistan in 1973 but was never picked again.
Redmond senior struggled with contact lenses on the subsequent tour of England and never got a second chance. His son, while hoping for similar debut succcess, would obviously like a somewhat longer international career.
The initial signs are encouraging. After a successful season opening for Otago, leg-spinner Redmond, who made his first-class debut for Canterbury was included in the squad for England in place of the out-of-form Matthew Sinclair.
Last week, against the England Lions, the national A side he made well-constructed scores of 146 and 64.
"Over the last couple of years, I've been trying to become a lot more consistent, not just making 20s and 30s but pushing on and not having so many dry periods," the 28-year-old explained.
"Of late, it's been going okay but the thing is not to rest on your laurels.
"The biggest challenge is going to come soon. If I can take the chance that would be great."
New Zealand pace bowler Chris Martin, who played alongside Richardson, sees similarities in Redmond's game to that of the former opener.
"There's a guy who's been adding a little bit more confidence to the top order, Aaron Redmond.
"We had a guy like Mark Richardson who would bat for 130 balls and blunt the attack for a while and be out there being a menace.
"I think Aaron's pretty much going down that line as well. He just wants to bat time and stay out there. That helps our middle-order."
New Zealand couldn't manage a single fifty opening stand during their 2-1 series defeat by England in March but Redmond, born in Perth, Australia, where his father still lives, hopes he can follow Richardson's example in plugging the gap.
"The way Ricco played he was a great batter," said Redmond. "He didn't have many technical flaws and the biggest thing he brought out into the middle was his guts and determination."
Richardson was, however, a notoriously slow mover and Redmond said: "Hopefully, I'm a bit faster than him!"
For Redmond, there was nothing surprising about him becoming an opening batsman.
"In the early days, in Perth, I was at the top of the order.
"Then, when I came back to New Zealand I went to Canterbury, dropped down the order and became more of a bowling option. But over the past few years, it's reversed again. I've batted at No 3 and this year I've opened again.
"There's not too many differences, the biggest thing is the patience you need and the ability to cope with the new ball."
At the New Zealand academy, Redmond had a reputation as something of a party animal but he was keen to stress those days were long since behind him.
"Over the last couple of years, I've learned a lot more about myself. Sometimes you come to a stage where you have to make a decision. Something like this (Test cricket) doesn't get given to you."
Now Redmond hopes he can put into practice some fatherly advice.
"The biggest thing he said was to go out there and enjoy it. The media talks a lot about 1973, he doesn't talk about it too much. He's good, he's fine."
And Redmond knows exactly where his father, an accountant, will be watching the first Test.
"He got himself a new plasma TV a year ago. I'm sure he'll be glued to it."
Just as the Kiwis will hope that Redmond junior will be glued to the crease for a long time.