April 6, 2010

English cricket

Matthew Hoggard ready for Leicestershire challenge

Nitin Sundar

He may have been dropped by the England and Yorkshire selectors, but Matthew Hoggard, in his new role as captain of Leicestershire, tells the Guardian that he has a lot to offer to his new county.

Coming to Leicestershire as captain gives me a clean slate. I've come here to do a job which I'm more than capable of doing. I'm going to prove that to myself and my team and become a good leader. The key will be to judge the situation right. Is it time for me to put a hand around their shoulders or give them a rocket up the arse? I need to get that right but I'll still tell the truth. I'll call a shovel a shovel and a pick a pick.

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