Matthew Hoggard is a specialist orthodox swing bowler, and usually took the new ball for England in Test cricket. Hoggard's primary role in the team was to utilise the shine on the new ball to test the technique of top-order batsmen against the swinging delivery. If, due to pitch or atmospheric conditions, the new ball did not swing he could be ineffective. Hoggard was seen as the consistent bowler in the team. Hoggard also has a sound defensive batting technique, but is not known for scoring runs, averaging only 7.40 with the bat. He can block up an end for the batsman at the other end to score, and is also used as a nightwatchman.
Hoggard began his cricketing journey at his local team, the famous Bradford League club, Pudsey Congs CC. He started his domestic career in first-class cricket in 1996. His debut List-A match followed in 1998.
Hoggard was initially brought into the England side under the... Read More