Matthew Hoggard

Matthew Hoggard will be writing regular columns for Cricinfo through the 2009 season

England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval

Fred was one of the good guys

I'm so happy for Fred that he's managed to go out on his terms. Yes, he's been forced into retirement by injury, but in the circumstances, what a way to go

England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval

Deja-vu on the eve of the Ashes decider

The last Test of the Ashes, and it's all to play for at The Oval? It sounds a bit familiar

An away venue at home

England will have no home advantage or familiarity with Sophia Gardens, and it might just feel like more of an away game than a home game

Good at hiding pressure and pain

Vaughan the captain put you in a good space, Vaughan the batsman was one of the best England had. So what if he isn't exactly a Yorkshireman?