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Ashes legend Hoggard to retire

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September 11, 2013

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Matthew Hoggard picked up 6 for 63 to keep Middlesex to 219 in their first innings, Middlesex v Leicestershire, County Championship Division Two, Lord's, August 9 2010
Matthew Hoggard extended his career with Leicestershire © PA Photos

Matthew Hoggard, the swing bowler who helped England regain the Ashes in 2005, has announced his retirement after a 17-year career at the age of 36.

He posted on Twitter that it was "time to hang up the boots" five years since the last of his 67 Test matches, during which he took 248 wickets at 30.50 with his prodigious swinging deliveries, becoming the eighth-highest wicket-taker in Tests for England. He also played 26 ODIs and served his home county Yorkshire and latterly Leicestershire with distinction.

Hoggard hoped to play one final season for Leicestershire having signed a contract extension last year but after a bit-part summer, and relinquishing the four-day captaincy, he has decided his playing days are over.

Big, bustling, and with the sort of energy coaches kill for, Hoggard flourished under Duncan Fletcher's regime as England coach, finding a regular place in the side despite Fletcher's love of out-and-out pace bowling.

In 2004, he began the year with a hat-trick in Barbados before helping England to an unbeaten summer against West Indies and South Africa. That winter he single-handedly bowled England to a series-clinching win in Johannesburg, taking 12 wickets in the match.

Then came the legendary Ashes series of 2005. Hoggard took 16 wickets and, perhaps most memorably, struck Brett Lee for four through extra-cover to help England edge home in a nerve-jangling run-chase at Trent Bridge.

"I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire for the support and dedication that they have shown me over the course of my career," Hoggard said. "I have been inspired by so many different people and the late Phil Carrick is just one example of someone who supported me from the very beginning and I owe him a lot.

"Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side is a dream that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares. I feel truly honoured to have been given such incredible opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside.

"I want to thank my wife Sarah for the immense support she has shown me throughout my career. She has always been there for me and has continued to help me to do the very best that I can for my team, both on an international and county level.

"Nothing will ever replace the role that cricket has played in my life but I am looking forward to a new chapter and the chance to spend a little more time with my family. Cricket will continue to be hugely important to me and I wish Leicestershire the very best of luck for the future."

Peter Moores, who was Hoggard's England coach towards the end of the his career, paid tribute to him: "He's been a real character. Anyone who takes over 200 wickets for England and bowls the way he did and plays in iconic series like the 2005 Ashes will be satisfied when he looks back on his career.

"He started off as a really quick bowler when he burst on the scene and steadied that down to become a lively, out-swing bowler and very successful at it. He was very skilfull and a bit like we've seen with Jimmy Anderson, he learnt to bowl on the subcontinent, learnt to bowl in different conditions and learnt how to not just bowl in swinging conditions. He learnt how to run the ball on, bowl a cutter and do different things which is always a testament for anyone who has lasted in the game over a decent amount of time."

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Posted by warnerbasher on (September 14, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Agree with kjkool82. He was outstanding on the 2006/2007 Ashes tour. A great character and a fine bowler. All the best Hoggy from your army of Australian fans

Posted by Atul on (September 12, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

He was a wonderful bowler but calling him an Ashes legend is a bit of a stretch. Steve Waugh was an Ashes Legend. So was Warne, or for that matter even Freddie Flintoff.

Posted by kjkool82 on (September 12, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

As much as we will talk about his contribution to the 2005 Ashes win, I actually think Hoggards biggest Ashes contribution was in the 2006-07 whitewash. He was the only bowler that could consistently trouble the Aussies, and I will always remember his tireless effort in Adelaide. It would be scary to think how much more of a flogging England would have gotten if it wasn't for him.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 12, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Anyone who has met the man or remembers his very skillful bowling can attest to Hoggard's brilliance. A true English Lion and Yorkshire Warrior. Great innings Hoggy, enjoy your retirement.

Posted by Friendlymc on (September 12, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Whether great or legend, 240 wickets is no mean feat! He will have plenty of memorable performances to think back on in his retirement, not least his domination of Matthew Hayden in the 2005 Ashes. Perhaps the real sad part is the manner of his departure from the England team. He deserved much better.

Posted by DesPlatt on (September 12, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Like Ian MacIntyre, I loved the way he trudged back to his mark as Geoff Arnold , another very fine swing bowler for England used to ; rather like a man walking to his job at a coal mine . Loads of respect for him and hope it's a happy retirement

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Great to watch him in action !! mesmerizing swing bowler... Thanks for the entertainment Hoggy !

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

For the small minority here who want to be pernickety about the term legend, the Ashes series of 2005 was the greatest Ashes ever, and possibly the greatest series of any kind ever. Any player on either side who played in that series is an Ashes legend, from Ricky Ponting to Gary Pratt.

Hoggard also happens to be one of England's best bowlers of the last 30 years, and the most accomplished of that Ashes quartet by some margin.

Posted by Tom_Bowler on (September 12, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Matthew Hoggard; top bowler, top man.

England missed him when he was discarded and the English game will miss him now.

No one is arguing that Hoggy was the greatest bowler who ever drew breath but his skill, bloody-mindedness, work ethic and love of life mean he was indeed a legend.

For those who think that their opinion that he can't be called a legend as he once bowled a leg stump half volley is of any significance; the last quality is worth more than rubies and seems to be something you lack.

Posted by Sarfin on (September 12, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Come on! Read the headline first. He's been dubbed as an 'Ashes' legend. He definitely is. He was one of those key player to end the dominance of Aussie golden era in Ashes.

Posted by ArnoldVDH on (September 12, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

I think legend is a bit of a strong word for Hoggard. Certainly a good bowler, but not a great bowler.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

He is a good bowler but no way near to call him a legend, To me legends are Wasim, Marshall, Mcgrath, Waqar.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

A realy great swing bowler and legend of 21st century. My best memory of Hogard was his inswing to Inzamam at Multan where he struck him LBW where he produce a magical delivery. Well played sir.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 12, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: I was always furious about your baseless comments but today I realized that you comment about Cricket without knowing much about its history and players. I can pardon for all your past baseless comments on articles since you have claimed that you don't know much about Hoggard as a player.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

He bowled superbly in India in unforgiving circumstances and put us in trouble many times. Awesome bowler Hoggy, all the best

Posted by dunger.bob on (September 12, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Yeah, good luck Hoggy. You were always a pain in the backside as an opposition player but still well liked here in Australia. .. The was always something old school about Hoggard. An honest days pay for an honest days work could have been his motto. The honest work was over after over of quality swing/seam bowling and the pay was crucial wickets at critical times. .. A great performer for England and a real character of the game. .. you will be missed ole mate.

Posted by SamRoy on (September 12, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

First of, Hoggard was a fine bowler and a fine fellow. Secondly, he is no legend. To become a legend you have to the best player for your team against the best in the world for a few series. He had a good series in 2005 against Australia but it wasn't a Simon Jones or Freddie Flintoff kind of dazzle. The other two times he played in an Ashes he was poor. His best performance came in SA in 2004-05 when he helped England win in SA. SA team was in a rebuilding phase with AB and Amla just coming into the team but still a win in SA is rare and special (just like a win in India last year when Indian Team also just started on transition).

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (September 12, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

As an Aussie I wish to note the following on how Hoggard is generally portrayed and viewed in our country (at least by reasonable and unbiased cricket fans): solid, reliable, tough, honest, humble, indefatigible and consistent.

His test record is very solid, and underlying that is the fact that anyone who knows or saw him bowl would say that if the ball was moving he'd seemingly double in size.

Even in unfavourable conditions he was, to use an overused and thus diluted term (but appropriately in this case IMO), an honest, tireless toiler who would rather break his own back for his country than leave the duties to someone else.

I hope that he moves into commentary, as I expect he'd bring the same humble and honest qualities described above which are sorely missing in English commentary presently.

Posted by KunKu on (September 12, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

A great swing bowler indeed. But calling him a legend in the headlines is going a bit overboard IMO. I wouldn't call Javagal Srinath (Tests 67 236 wkts at 30.49) a legend even if the remark pertains to one series of earth-shattering performance.

Posted by Hodra99 on (September 11, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

"Ashes Legend"...really? A good honest bowler yes, but hardly a legend. Ashes Legend comments are reserved for those who dominate series after series, guys like Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Ian Botham and Glen McGrath.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

whenever I see an unbelievable swing ....it s going to be hoggard .....man o man he used to swing the ball like if it s a plastic ball ....more swing than jimmy of course but jimmy has that in him apart from swing to be englands best bowler of all times....I mean playing with the batsmen mind .....

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

High class bowler was Hoggard - to put things in a little bit of perspective he had a sub-30 average for a fair time after taking 200 Test wickets, but a disastrous final Test inflated it to closer to 31. Still, nothing to be ashamed of, and his achievements as a bowler compare favourably with the likes of James Anderson, Andy Caddick, Zaheer Khan, Brett Lee, Sarfraz Nawaz, Jacques Kallis, Chris Martin, and others. As a bowler, Hoggard was as good as any of these often more highly acclaimed players.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

missed his outswing deliveries the way he dismissed clarke and gilly in the 2005 ashes truely a legend of english cricket and i will remember him for long time..

Posted by 512fm on (September 11, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

One of my favourite players and I still feel he was harshly dealt to being droppped and forgotten about after that one test in NZ 2008. One of the most reliable bowlers you'll come across, all the best in retirement Hoggy.

Posted by whoster on (September 11, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

A key member of England's 2005 Ashes triumph, and a great servant to the game. Always a humble character, he'd keep giving everything whatever the match situation, and however many overs he'd bowled. He also struck me as a terrific team player and an asset in any dressing-room. 248 wickets for England showed he was a quality bowler. Best wishes, Hoggster!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

The word LEGEND is getting abused here. He is just a good player. That's about it. When people compare him to zaheer khan, they have to keep in mind that he has played most of his matches in non-responsive, sub-continental dust bowls. Good luck to Hoggard.

Posted by khare12 on (September 11, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

hoggard was outstanding as swing bowler for england ,my first glimpse of hoggard was of a bowler bowling barred headed in chilly winters of india in hoggy's first indian tour,starngingly manny even copied his hair style in india...........

Posted by KingOwl on (September 11, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

I thought, Hoggard what legend? Is this serious? But then, just checked his Cricinfo page and he is quite good - nearly 250 wickets, at around 30. Avg a bit on the high side for a swing bowler who bowled in helpful conditions. Still, well played Mr. Hoggard!

Posted by VVSR92 on (September 11, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

decent bowler for england who had a brilliant outswinger. England should have stuck with him a bit longer in the international arena.Can see himcontributing well to ecb in future if he takes up a coaching role.

Posted by voma on (September 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Your right Perera32 , some of Englands bowling selections over the last few years for ODIs have been very odd . If they had persisted with hoggy , i believe he would have been a very good limited overs player .He used to open the bowling in tests , whats the difference ?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Don't know much about him as a player but have listened to him as a commentator surprisingly. He is a modest and humble person with a good sense of humour. Enjoy your retirement sir.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Ashes Legend...??? Give us a spell....Ian Botham, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, etc are Ashes legends.. Mathew Hoggard..please ...good honest trier that did reasonably well with limited ability.

Posted by shillingsworth on (September 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

To those querying his legendary status, I can see what you mean - the word has become meaningless through over use. Nevertheless, anyone who was part of the team which ended England's 16 year losing streak against arguably one of the best Australian sides of all time, is still worthy of a special place in the history of the Ashes.

Posted by Roshan_P on (September 11, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Of course he is a legend. He only played 67 Tests and got 248 wickets, and was one of the main men in the 2005 Ashes win. Really one of the players, along with Vaughan, Hussain, Flintoff, Stewart and others, to propel England and give them the foundation to become a great team like they are now.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Warne was an Ashes legend, Hoggard was an Ashes contributor. I hope he rings up Trescothick to thank him for all the "ball assistance" he got in the 2005 series.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Legend? Hoggard??? Hmmm...that is some sense of humour!! Good bowler - yes. Great bowler - no! Legend? Definitely no!! One dimensional bowler who needed conditions favoring him to succeed. Hence, doesn't classify as a great or legend...

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Fantastic display of swing bowling.......hoggy.........happy retired life...

Posted by mredz84 on (September 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@Srivatsan Sridharan the article claims he was an "ashes" legend which he was. good luck for the future hoggy.

Posted by Rizwan16 on (September 11, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

I agree with what Srivatsan Sridharan says. Hoggard was a trier who gave his best. Most remember his healthy contribution in the Ashes 2005. I think to call him 'legend' would be a little over the top. Well played, Hoggy!

Posted by JG2704 on (September 11, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Part of England's best pace bowling attack from the last 30+ years.

Don't want to repeat what's already been said but I just want to add a memory. I think it must have been an away tour and there was one occasion when he was in with the Barmy Army singing Jerusalem. I think this says alot about him as a man too.

Posted by keiran733 on (September 11, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

with all due respect to srivatsansridharan and Asadpk, it's typical of cricket lovers from the sub continent to be critical of praise for sportsman outside of Asia. I think you should read the title "Ashes Legend" in the context of 2005, and how much of an achievement it was at the time!

Posted by hhillbumper on (September 11, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Hoggy Hoggy Hoggy oh oh oh. Great trier,Great swing bowler and great bloke.Best of luck for the future

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Great and intelligent bowler.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Sensational bowler..who has amazing control of high quality swing at super speed. all the best hoggard and thanks for providing great entertainment to world cricket.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (September 11, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Happy retirement..!!!! Thanks for your contributions..particularly the 2005 ashes.. I was following the matches in US through cricinfo scores... it was awesome!!

Posted by donnao on (September 11, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

hoggard was among the all time england best bowler along with steve harmison,,,2005 ashes will remember him forever,,,best ever series i have seen.

Posted by Carrhill on (September 11, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Best Hoggy memory? Leaving Matthew Hayden face down in the dust. Priceless.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 11, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

He was one of the nicest cricketers around, he was so brilliant in the 05 ashes. I really think he would've been more effective in ODI's. He should've played more ODI cricket for England instead of players like Plunket and Mahmood.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (September 11, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Part of probably the best 4 man pace attack outside of the West Indies. Hoggy swinging the new ball away from the wickets, Harmison swinging the new ball away from the batsmens head, Jones swinging the old ball at the wickets, Flintoff swinging the old ball at the batsmens head. It fell apart when Harmison lost his radar, someone decided Flintoff was a new ball bowler which completely destroyed him - firstly he was useless with the new pill secondly it left him needing to bowl 25-30 overs a day which his body coudnt take, Jones was permantly injured, and Hoggy? One minor injury and one mediocre comeback game and he was discarded. Noone know why Pattinson got his place in ideal conditions at his home ground in 2008, and that selection cost the careers of Hoggard and Pattinson, leaving the latter with the moniker of a joke one test player!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Great player . Best of luck for the future.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

With all due respect, he was a good bowler but by no means "Legend" as the article claims. Enjoy your retired life!.

Posted by AlanHull on (September 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Cheers Hoggy! Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Asadpk on (September 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

good swing bowler but "Ashes legend"?

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (September 11, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

In the pantheon of 'Ashes Legends' I don't think many people would expect to find Matthew Hoggard. Very good bowler but very silly headline.

Posted by HughL on (September 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Ropsh- that's a strange comment about a man with 248 test wickets. and if someone does make the most of limited talent, isn't that something to be praised for?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

I am shocked to see he played only 20 odd one days

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Ropsh, limited talents????????

The man has better figures than Zaheer Khan, Jimmy Anderson and Andrew Flintoff.

Posted by jupiterlaw on (September 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@ B.C.G When you say you like his action, I hope that you consider his run-up also as part of it. He was definitely pleasant to watch from his start to his delivery to his follow-through.

Posted by RichardG on (September 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

A hugely underrated player who worked out a way to be effective on all surfaces. His five wickets in the first innings five-fer in Johannesburg was one of the luckiest I've ever seen, but his seven wickets in the second innings remain the finest bowling performance I've seen from an England seamer in the past 25 years. A top man who was always great with the fans and who always seemed to get across that he was loving playing cricket for a living. I hope that he finds a way to remain involved in cricket somehow. His dogs will be worn out come next June if not.

Posted by Ropsh on (September 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Made the most of very limited talents. Nothing to be that sad about imo.

Posted by B.C.G on (September 11, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

The best thing about Hoggard I liked was his action.I always copy his action while bowling.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (September 11, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Marvelous Bowler. A Cricketer with Great Style. Noone in India is a match to him!!!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

One of my most favourite players! A classy swing bowler, I'll never forget the key role he played in that epic Ashes series of 2005...along with Simon Jones, Harmison, Flintoff and Giles..one of the best bowling attacks ever..

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

was a great player, best of luck for the future Mathew hoggard :)

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