South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20, Durban March 11, 2014

Veteran Hogg unlikely for second T20

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At some point over the next few weeks, Brad Hogg should become the oldest man to represent Australia in any format since Clarrie Grimmett. However, it seems Hogg will have to wait for his first international as a 43-year-old, with a tight hamstring likely to keep him on the sidelines for the second Twenty20 against South Africa in Durban on Wednesday.

The first match in Port Elizabeth was washed out without a ball being bowled and rain may again play havoc with the teams' World T20 preparation, with Durban's forecast far from ideal. If play is possible on Wednesday the Australians are unlikely to have Hogg in their side, while the allrounder James Faulkner is also unavailable as he continues his recovery from a knee problem.

Hogg has not played for Australia since the last World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 but the expected spinning conditions in Bangladesh for this year's tournament encouraged the selectors to take a punt on his experience. But a lengthy net session with spin coach Shane Warne and the rest of the slow bowlers in the squad in Cape Town has hurt his chances of playing in South Africa.

"It's a weird one. I can do everything except bowl," Hogg told AAP. "Every time I plant that front leg down, I can't get over there. But I'm glad it's happened now and not over in Bangladesh. If it was a big game - you'd take the medications and definitely would (play). But I think we're taking a conservative approach at the moment so I'm right for the World Cup.

"I was in awe of the king [Warne]. I wanted to make the most of the opportunity and I went for an hour and a half, which was probably too long."

Whenever Hogg does take the field he will not only be the oldest man ever to play a T20 international, he will also be Australia's oldest cricketer since Grimmett last played a Test in Durban in 1936. Grimmett was 44 when he last represented Australia.

If Hogg sits out of Wednesday's match as expected, it will leave the selectors with 13 men to choose from, with Faulkner being eased back ahead of the World T20. Faulkner picked up a knee injury during the one-day series against England in Australia in January but the team doctor Peter Brukner said he was hopeful Faulkner would be fit for Australia's first match at the World T20.

"The plan's never really been for him to play any of the matches here," Brukner said. "We don't want to rush him; he had significant surgery five weeks ago. He's a young guy. We don't want to jeopardise his long-term prospects, so we're taking him along very slowly.

"He's coming along very well. He bowled a little bit yesterday, did some running. We'll build him up over the next week or so, and the aim has always been to have him ready to play in Bangladesh."

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  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Might as well recall Richie Benaud while you are at it. Hogg was an average bowler when he was at his peak and now he is a non factor. I can understand someone as good as Warne playing in his forties but Hogg? At this rate, so will other average players like Lyon and Doherty.

  • Richard on March 12, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @ TheBigBoodha - I just hope it's not him my family is sponsoring in India. In fact every time he attacks Australia is a step closer to me deciding I might as well just keep the money.

    Brad Hogg may be the oldest, but he still possesses the best wrong'un in the business and he bowls it with a straight arm.

  • James on March 12, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Cpt. Meanster. That chip on your shoulder can't be good for your health. I know it's frustrating that you have been shown to be wrong again and again and again with your dire predictions about Australian cricket, but maybe it's time to just let it go. I mean, just think how awful you will feel if Australia win the T20 WC? It might even be terminal for you. So take a chill pill. Dude.

  • Patrick on March 11, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Be interested in hearing more on what SOK's allegedly said or done @Mitty? I vaguely recall him being held to account over morale issues during his NSW captaincy but could never figure out why he was so frowned upon for national duties, particularly in short form in comparison to Doherty for example when SOK's so handy with the bat as well.

  • Hamish on March 11, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ozcricketwriter, "bizarre"? More like abominable. The only reason they aren't selecting him is because he spoke truthfully up against CA and so they now devotedly hate him. The only way this could be made more overtly true was if SOK made 4 triple centuries in the nest two shield games, and took 20 wickets in each of them. And all of Lyon, Agar, Beer, Maxwell, Doherty, Ahmed, etc all broke their legs... they would still pick the 6th grade 15 year old blond 'spinner' from my local club over SOK.

  • Daniel on March 11, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: You obviously didn't watch the Big Bash. We have a good young spinner in our WC Squad as well who has looked good when playing for Australia. It's just that Hogg played some fine cricket, and forced his way into the side with his results. It also helps that he was out sprinting players half his age chasing down balls headed for the boundary rope. It's like "spry" is a word they invented just for Hogg.

  • siddhartha on March 11, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @cptmeanster:they got a 20 year old leggie of tremendous talent as well

  • John on March 11, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    What will be laughable is when your "chin music averse heroes" get to Aus for their Test series at the end of the year. Who will be laughing then?

  • Tharindu on March 11, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Selection of Brad Hogg for the upcoming T20 world cup cannot be justified as his poor performance in Sri Lanka 2012 at World T20. He Just managed to grab 2 wickets during 6 matches. further he hasnt completed his quota during last three games of the seiris with South Africa, Pakistan and WI. while his econ for last three games was 8.44 per over. But his contribution for Perth Scorchers is indispensable.

  • Adrian on March 11, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe, a spin bowler, topped the wicket taking tally in the Sheffield Shield this season, with 37 wickets at an average of 20. For the past 6 or 7 seasons in a row he has been the leading domestic spinner in Australia. Any reason he isn't considered? He has had a few games for Australia at T20 level and did quite well. Seems bizarre not to consider him.

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