Furious Hoggard doesn’t expect England recall

April 21, 2009 at 9:41 am 1 comment

Furious Hoggard doesn’t expect England recallA Furious Mathew Hoggard blasted the ECB and former coach Peter Moores after being dropped from the team. The Yorkshire swing bowler has not featured for England since the first test defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton last year. The manner in which he was dropped has angered Hoggard who says he is “completely and utterly not even thinking about a recall” this summer.

The swing bowler was dropped following disappointing match figures of 1-151 in a humiliating 181 run defeat to New Zealand in the first test in March 2008. He was subsequently dropped from the team, alongside Steve Harmison, who has since returned to the England team. His replacement James Anderson has enjoyed a good run in the England team and was the leading wicket taker last summer. However, Hoggard has revealed that he has suffered from personal problems on that tour and in that game that led to his poor performance. In a serialisation of his autobiography he revealed:

As I got back towards the end of my run-up, I felt as though I wanted to cry, As I stood by my marker, I turned to Michael Vaughan, who was standing at mid-off, and said: ‘Vaughany, I think I’m going cuckoo, I’m doing a Tres.’ This was a reference to Marcus Trescothick, who had broken down with depression not so long before.” He also revealed that the then coach Peter Moores was aware of his personal problems.

Hoggard was initially given a central contract for the 2008 season, although he was overlooked for the second test against South Africa in favour of the uncapped Darren Pattinson. That was followed by an announcement by the ECB that his central contract will not be renewed, which seemed to almost bring an end to his career.

They didn’t offer me the courtesy of an explanation as to why they hadn’t picked me instead, a centrally contracted player, in helpful conditions, on my home ground, To go from having one bad Test in New Zealand to losing my central contract five months later, and to barely have any contact for the five months in between, was a joke.

Peter Moores had known about Sarah’s illness since the tour of New Zealand. Still no contact, no phone call to see how things were at home. Not even a message of encouragement to ensure that I was striving to get back in the England team. Regardless of my own personal issues, if I’d been coach of the England team and I had a bloke who had taken 248 Test wickets, and was still only 31, I’d have wanted to keep tabs on him. It came as little surprise when I was told that my central contract wouldn’t be renewed. Hardly shocking news since they had barely bothered to speak to me for the last five months.”

Hoggard played a major part in the four-man pace attack in the 2005 Ashes taking 16 wickets. His replacement James Anderson has revelled as his replacement but his experience has definitely been missed. This is shabby treatment for a player who has been a great servant for English cricket, someone who has given his all. It is unfair to drop a player who has taken so many wickets for England after one performance, when his condition wasn’t right for playing. This is another example of the failures in the England Management during the reign of Peter Moores.

On a pitch that suits swing bowling, there is little to choose between Hoggard and Anderson. However, when conditions don’t suit the swing bowler, that is were Hoggard is superior. Figures of 7-109 against Australia in Adelaide in 06 on a very flat track is one of the highlights of his test career in which he ended up England’s sixth highest test wicket taker. It seems as though the curtains are closed on his England career. Since being dropped he has struggled with his fitness but when he has played, he has demonstrated his class. You would hope that he starts the season with Yorkshire well to get him back on the selector’s radar, but it seems unlikely that he will get another prolonged run in the England side.


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  • 1. Hoggy  |  April 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hoggard has a point bu hasn’t performed to well in county so I guess he has to wait.


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