Hogg waits for his turn
Brad Hogg's disappointment at not getting a game in the CB Series has been intensified because he considers himself to be in the best form of his life. But the promotion of Cameron White, who with Andrew Symonds has filled Australia's spin needs, leaves Hogg unsure of his place ahead of the World Cup.
The selectors have released Hogg for Western Australia's Ford Ranger Cup game against Queensland today in an effort to get him some game time. Hogg was named 12th man for Australia's first four CB Series matches as they went with a four-man pace attack.
"The disappointing thing with this season is that this is the best I have ever bowled and I just can't seem to get a game," Hogg told The Courier Mail. "I've been told I am the No. 1 spinner and Cameron White has been in there mainly for his batting."
Hogg's Pura Cup form this year is good; he has 15 wickets at 20.53 from three games. But in limited-overs games he has struggled to have the same impact. He has only three wickets at 54.66 from his four domestic one-dayers in 2006-07 and was required for only two of Australia's Champions Trophy games, where he took 0 for 17 and 1 for 11.
Hogg said should he get the opportunity to play in the World Cup in the Caribbean he would be well-placed to trouble opposition batsmen. "I played a couple of Tests and a couple of one-dayers in the West Indies and I really enjoyed it over there," Hogg said. "I am better for the experience there and I know the conditions. I've done it all before and when I do get some opportunities I will show what I can do."
In the absence of Shane Warne, Hogg was Australia's leading spinner at the 2003 World Cup and was a key member of the winning team, playing every game and taking 13 wickets at 24.76. He remains hopeful that there will be a place for him in the 15-man World Cup squad.
"I reckon I'll get a couple of [World Cup] games and it is just up to me to perform well," he said. "The team is probably going to be a little bit different for each venue we play at and I hope I will get my chance."