County news February 20, 2013

Langer hopes to halt Hogan deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Justin Langer, the Western Australia coach, will do "everything he can" to stop Michael Hogan joining Glamorgan for the English season.

Hogan, a 31-year-old fast bowler, is set for a move to Glamorgan on a two-year deal as a British passport holder. The contract requires him to forego playing as a domestic cricketer in Australia.

But Langer is desperate to keep him in Perth, describing him as a cornerstone of the Western Australian attack who could also help mentor the state's youngsters. "He's our best bowler," Langer said. "I am doing everything I can to talk him into staying."

Hogan has taken 117 first-class wickets at 28.57 in his career and has 17 wickets at 27.61 in this season's Sheffield Shield, where Western Australia sit bottom of the table.

Should he make a u-turn it would replicate the decision of Alviro Petersen, the South Africa batsman, who had signed a similar deal with Glamorgan only to decide he would remain as a South African-based player after all.

Such recruitment decisions will be analysed by former Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose, who has been appointed to conduct an independent review of Glamorgan.

Rose, who left his post at Somerset at the end of last season, will review, among other things, the coaching structure and player development pathway. He will meet key figures from the county and his initial findings are expected by the start of April.

"Brian has extensive cricket experience and is widely respected," Glamorgan chief executive Alan Hamer said. "We are delighted that he has agreed to help with this review, which underpins our respective strategic plans."

Cricket Wales chief executive Peter Hybart added: "We welcome Brian's involvement and are committed to increasing the numbers of talented young cricketers capable of playing professional cricket for Glamorgan."

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  • Roo on February 22, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @D-Train... Try & get your facts right... Hogan said last March 2012 that this summer (2012-13) would be his last for WA & that he would give up his Oz cricket status after this season, so he hasn't changed anything... He knows that he will not get a Test call-up now, so it was up to the WACA to give him a decent contract to compete with Glamorgan...

  • Matt on February 21, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    It hasn't taken them that long. He chose not to move last year when he initially stated he would.

    I think CA needs to do all they can to ensure that these hardened experienced campaigners stay in domestic cricket. Sheffield Shield is the best domestic 4 day competition in the world and to ensure it stays the best we need to ensure that guys we lost last year like Magoffin, Katich, Jaques and Swan continue to play.

    I don't care if CA have to throw in a few bucks to Tassie and WA, we must do our best to ensure that Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting continue playing domestic cricket next season.

  • Harcourt on February 21, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    he's a trooper.....and should take it while it's on offer.

  • Roo on February 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Is this Groundhog Day?... Hogan announced in March 2012 that he was giving up his Oz playing statis to move to Glamorgan... If it has taken the WACA management this long to get a dialogue going then it is ridiculous - can't blame Langer as he's just moved into the job...

    Hogan's nearing 32y.o. so probably feels that he may get 4-5 years in County, while he'll be lucky to last 2 more years in Oz - just too many good young seamers coming through at the moment & not enough teams to play in...

  • Andrew on February 21, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Hogan is good, but I would imagine MJ could do all that "mentoring" (sort of). I would also think that NC-N is the best bowler in the state.

  • steve on February 20, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    if he is that good why has he never been picked for australia?

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