Matthew Hoggard

Country: England
Born: December 31, 1976, Leeds, Yorkshire
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Matthew Hoggard Bio

Matthew James Hoggard, born on December 31, 1976, in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England, is a former professional cricketer who represented both Yorkshire and England. Known for his big, bustling energy and ability to shape the ball away from right-handers at pace, Hoggard established himself as one of England’s finest bowlers during his career.

Hoggard’s cricket journey began at a young age when he joined Yorkshire’s youth system. Under the guidance of coaches Duncan Fletcher and Nasser Hussain, he honed his bowling skills and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2001-02, with just two Tests under his belt, Hoggard was given the responsibility to lead England’s attack on a challenging tour of India. Despite the pressure, he impressed with his disciplined and accurate bowling, earning figures of 7 for 63 against New Zealand in Christchurch.

The following summer, Hoggard was voted as the bowler of the season by readers of Wisden Cricket Monthly after showcasing consistent performances. However, he had a tough winter Down Under, struggling against Australia’s left-handers, notably Matthew Hayden. Determined to bounce back, Hoggard sought improvement at the ECB Academy in Adelaide and returned with a snappier run-up. He played a crucial role in England’s fifth-Test win at Sydney, proving that he could adapt and learn from his setbacks.

Hoggard’s career was marked by remarkable moments, including a brilliant hat-trick at Barbados in April 2004 and a phenomenal 12-wicket haul at Johannesburg that secured a series-clinching 2-1 lead for England. He played an instrumental role in England’s historic Ashes victory in 2005, contributing nine wickets at Trent Bridge and The Oval.

Although Hoggard’s primary focus was bowling, he developed into a reliable tailend blocker and one of the game’s most effective nightwatchmen. His batting contributions were limited, but he displayed a true determination and willingness to contribute to the team’s cause.

However, injuries and fluctuations in form disrupted Hoggard’s career towards the latter stages. Despite his solid series against Sri Lanka in 2006 and showing great efforts on the Ashes tour, he struggled against Pakistan and was ruled out of the final Test due to a side strain. A rusty performance against New Zealand led to his omission from the squad, and despite a recall for the 2008 season, he was overlooked for the match at Headingley.

In July 2008, Hoggard’s international career came to an end. Throughout his career, he played 67 Test matches and claimed 248 wickets at an average of 30.50. He also featured in 26 One Day Internationals, taking 32 wickets.

Post-retirement, Hoggard has remained involved in cricket as a commentator and coach. He has shared his extensive knowledge and experience with the younger generation, continuing to contribute to the sport he loves.

Matthew Hoggard’s contribution to English cricket is undeniable, and his journey stands as a testament to hard work, resilience, and an unwavering passion for the game.

Matthew Hoggard Career Stats

Matthew Hoggard Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 92 27 473 38 7.27 2090 22.63 0 0 42 0 24 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 26 6 2 17 7 4.25 30 56.66 0 0 0 0 5 0
FC 239 305 94 1908 89* 9.04 - - 0 4 - - 63 0
List A 150 49 25 144 23 6 - - 0 0 - - 18 0
T20s 57 11 5 59 18 9.83 41 143.9 0 0 6 3 8 0

Matthew Hoggard Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 67 122 13909 7564 248 7/61 12/205 30.5 3.26 56 13 7 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 26 26 1306 1152 32 5/49 5/49 36 5.29 40.8 0 1 0
FC 239 - 42349 21739 786 7/49 - 27.65 3.07 53.8 - 26 1
List A 150 - 6932 5273 205 5/28 5/28 25.72 4.56 33.8 2 4 0
T20s 57 56 1127 1553 51 3/19 3/19 30.45 8.26 22 0 0 0

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