He had been seected for the 78 squad before being banned for match fixing in 1980. When the Italian FA realised that they had no-one of Rossi's class coming into the squad, they cut the ban from three to two years.
Although if you're saying he wasn't a household name until the 82 world cup, neither was Socrates or Boniek.
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He wasn't simply selected for the squad, Rossi played in every game for Italy in Argentina '78, scoring 3 goals. Thinking of him did make me think of another Itlaian who truly was a one-tournament wonder, though, "Toto" Schillachi.
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I suppose this worked with pre-central contract cricket to some extent. Bob Willis, sympathetically handled by Warwickshire, sometimes barely went through the motions in county cricket because he saw that you can't bowl fast all the time. Indeed, as he came on to bowl in one county championship game, he received the legendary heckle "Bowler's name, please!"
Gower was another who could barely be bothered with county cricket. For that reason he scored "only" 53 first class hundreds- much fewer than Gatting (94) and Lamb (89) But to say he always got it right when a test match came along would be overstating it.
Ted Dexter might be another one. Mike Brearley describes one game where he got so bored as England captain, he stopped worrying about field placings or the like and just practised his golf swing. I can't imagine he was always focussed in county cricket. Though no doubt some dinosaur journalist could be called upon to excuse some bad shot on the grounds that Dexter was an amateur.
I'm not sure about players who gave a shit about county cricket but still underperformed.