County news September 5, 2014

Hogg retires due to back problem

ESPNcricinfo staff

Less than 12 months after helping Lancashire back into Division One and being named the club's Player of the Year, Kyle Hogg has been forced to retire by a severe back injury. The 31-year-old, a grandson of West Indies spinner Sonny Ramadhin, made his Lancashire debut in 2001 and took more than 400 wickets to go with almost 4000 runs in all formats.

In 2011, when Lancashire won their first outright title in 77 years, Hogg claimed 50 wickets at 18.80, form he rediscovered last season when picking up 60 at 18.41 as part of a formidable new-ball partnership with Glen Chapple.

Hogg signed for Lancashire on the same day as James Anderson and, such was his promise, some joked that he was the player England meant to call up when Anderson made his ODI debut in 2002-03. The furthest he got was a place in England's Academy but he developed into a useful swing-bowling allrounder at domestic level.

"I would like to thank everybody at Lancashire County Cricket Club for the support they have shown me over the years - the coaches, staff, team-mates, members and supporters have all had a major influence on my career," Hogg said. "I have loved every moment of my time at such a fantastic cricket club. I have some great memories, such as being part of the squad that won the County Championship title in 2011, and I have played in some memorable games alongside some outstanding players.

"The news about the severity of my back condition came as a shock and I am faced with no alternative but to hang up my boots. I will always be a fan of Lancashire - it's in my blood - and I wish them every success for the future."

Hogg played for MCC in the Champion County game but injury kept him out of the start of Lancashire's season, with the club struggling on their return to the top tier. He managed to play in eight Championship fixtures, taking 21 wickets, but since July has only featured in one Royal London Cup fixture.

Lancashire's director of cricket, Mike Watkinson, said: "Kyle has made an outstanding contribution to Lancashire County Cricket Club during his career with us. He is a product of the local leagues and came through our development system, showing promise from an early age. As well as being such a talented cricketer he is a top bloke and totally committed to the club which is typified by his work as a Foundation Ambassador. It's very sad that he has been forced to retire at the peak of his career and we wish him all the best for the future."

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  • George on September 6, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Haseeb Hameed looks like a great prospect but how old will he have to be before he gets an opportunity in the first XI? Jordan Clark, Luke Proctor, Liam Livingstone have all done really well for the 2nd XI but only one of them has played a 4-day match despite the first two being aged 23/25 and around the fringes of the team for years. Players like Root, Ballance and Stokes (obviously exceptional talents) are all a similar age and have excelled as a result of being given faith and opportunities by their counties whilst youngsters. Not for a second saying that these Lancs youngsters possess that level of talent but it's frustrating that they don't get an opportunity when the current first XI have been woeful this season. The club is not only showing a lack of ambition but a lack of ability to realise talent.

    Good to see Bailey get an opportunity but this has only happened because of Kyle Hogg's injury and the failures of White and Jarvis.

  • Michael on September 6, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Such a shame. Great bowler for Lancs and could easily have played for England. To all those who assume county cricketers have a cushy number for life - they really don't. This can happen at any time to any player. Wish Kyle all the best for the future.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Real shame that. He was an intelligent bowler who I was hoping would be our go-to bowler for the next 3-4 years at least. I'll always be grateful to him for the part he played in helping Lancs win the Championship in 2011 - his runs were useful too that season. So with the disappointment with the form of Kyle Jarvis, the lack of development of Gavin Griffiths and the sheer age of Chapple, I fear for next year. 10 years ago, the club had more fast bowlers than it know what to do with - what's happened? Getting excited by the young batter Haseeb Hameed though.

  • George on September 5, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Its clear for all to see that Watkinson/Moores/Chapple do not have a clue when it comes to complementing the squad with signings. In terms of overseas players with the exception of Katich last season, its been a while since we have signed a gem. In terms of signings made from other counties/kolpaks: Wayne White has been absolutely inept, Ali has been injured for most of two seasons, Jarvis has not looked promising and Buttler will play 3/4 games a season from now on if we are lucky!.

    From my perspective Lancs need a clearout of the management if they are ever going to move forward. Look at the success of the signings Yorks made with Brooks, Hodd, Plunkett, Ballance, Williamson and compare that to the ones made by Lancs.

    Luckily Davies looks a great prospect and is already a better wicket keeper than Buttler, so atleast there is one position filled.

  • Jez on September 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I'd like to wish Hoggy all the best for the future and thank him for the contribution he has made to Lancashire - maybe Lancs could use Hogg to help them find their next quick bowler as they have struggled to find a decent one since Chapple, Anderson and Hogg himself whereas Yorkshire seem to produce quick bowler after quick bowler. Some major surgery required by Lancs for next season as their signings either haven't worked (White, Ali, Jarvis) or will not play able to play much (Buttler). Katich hasn't been replaced and Prince is retiring. Chapple and Hogg need replacing. Also none of the home grown players have scored runs this year (Croft, Brown, Agathangelou, Proctor, Reece, Horton, Davies) so much so that most members wouldn't be disappointed to see a complete overhaul of the playing staff They may have the facility now but don't seem to want to pay stars to play in it. The only stars likely to be seen at Old Trafford next season will probably be pop stars !

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