Monday, 21 June 2021

Hoggard recalls wit and wisdom of a glorious career

MATTHEW Hoggard MBE visited Shiplake College’s Cricket Club to share some of the wisdom gained from taking 248 wickets in

MATTHEW Hoggard MBE visited Shiplake College’s Cricket Club to share some of the wisdom gained from taking 248 wickets in his 67 tests for England and years spent playing for Yorkshire and subsequently captaining Leicestershire.

Hoggard had fond memories of his time with England - Flintoff’s humour in the changing room, the ball that whizzed past his nose from Courtney Walsh as his welcome to Test cricket and working hard on his defensive technique with his ‘batting buddy’ Marcus Trescothick.

Asked to demonstrate to bowlers how they should warm up before a second spell Hoggard gave a stream of a fast bowler’s consciousness. “It’s half past five. Why didn’t the skipper ask someone else to bowl? Get the blood pumping. Jump with the knees up to the chest. Hope someone gets Hayden out before I come on. It’s Old Trafford, grass is too wet to lie down. Let’s stretch the quads. Christ got to field that ball. Still got next over to warm-up, go through my action then,” he said.

The England swing bowler recalled how he had learnt his trade with Pudsey Cricket Club in their 3rd Xl in the Yorkshire League. He worked his way up to play in a 1st Xl that included the Indian superstar VVS Laxman. It was only when he was 17 that Hoggard eventually joined the Yorkshire set-up, an inspiration to late-developing sportsmen.

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