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    Eternal Optimist / Cricket Web Staff Member GIMH's Avatar
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    Matthew Hoggard Retires

    Surprised there wasn't already a thread on this.

    Ashes legend Hoggard to retire

    Very good bowler for England on his day. Obviously been away from the international scene for a while but deserves a thread nonetheless.
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    Thinking about it it's probably been covered in the domestic thread

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    He still deserves a thread of his own - abiding memory is that stellar 8* at Trent Bridge in the magical summer of 2005 - apparently he could bowl a bit too, but I can't remember that

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    Riding the motorbike around the Nagpur outfield my favourite Hoggy memory


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    That spell at Jo'burg to win the match was amazing. That and his hat trick will be my memories of him.

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    That spell at Jo'Burg is as good as anything I've ever seen in the game. An absolute masterclass in swing bowling.

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    Lots of love for Hoggy here. Solid bowler for his country and seems like a thoroughly nice bloke too.

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    Another highlight was when he did some punditry for ITV4 during the IPl in 2010. There was a woman on the panel and he clearly had no respect for her. She expressed an opinion on something or another and his face was priceless, he could barely hide his apathy.

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    Sadly the forgotten man of 2005. We remember Harmison smacking Australian batsmen in the face at Lord's on day 1 to set the tone for the series (bite me Richard), Freddie being amazeballs all series, Simon Jones and his sexy reverse swing and Ashley Giles bowling the ball of the century, yet Hoggard's role has been somewhat forgotten.

    Similarly, after his dumping in New Zealand, when it came to that 2005 attack, we pined for Flintoff and Jones to be fit and could never quite get over the idea of Harmison coming good again, but Hoggard seemed to be forgotten very quickly. A shame, because he was a lot better than that.

    Appropriately enough, my favourite memory is probably the seven-for that he toiled away for manfuly at Adelaide in 2006, right before everything started going horribly, horribly wrong.

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    Tbf the 05 Ashes showed The adaptability of Hoggard, he didn't have to do an awful lot in the 2nd and 3rd Tests but executed what he needed to well (I'm thinking Hayden's early dismissal) and then to quote Fletcher, he certainly came to the party at Trent Bridge where his performance has been overlooked because of how good Jones was. Similarly at The Oval Freddie was ****ing incredible but he didn't do it on his own.

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    I most vividly remember him getting absolutely smashed by Astle in the amazing 222 game after getting a big bag in 1st innings. He took Astle's wicket at the end when it started to look as if nz had a chance

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    main memory of him is that he was sort of shafted, but there were other bowlers coming through who did a decent enough job anyway. nice fella for a pom.
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    I just love all kinds of balls.

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    Was Hoggard ever considered for a recall by either the selectors or the media? It seemed to me that once he was dumped he was permanently discarded into the "don't ever pick again" pile. Which was a bit harsh considering Steve Harmison, Darren Pattinson and Amjad Khan all represented England in the year immediately after his sacking.

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    You know how your get things in to your head sometimes, and you cant get them out?

    When I watch my 2005 Ashes DVD I always think "Yeh, he walks like I imagine a hog-guard would've walked in the olden days". He has a bit of an agricultural lope to him. Would look good with a crook.

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    Always thought he was the sort of bowler you'd like having at the other end.

    When on his game he could put great pressure on and take wickets for his partner. And he had plenty of his own big days.

    I recall his knack in the 2005 Ashes of taking a wicket very early in his spells.

    The Jo'burg spell was up there with the finest - every time it looked like he might be thwarted he produced something.
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