Former English Cricketer Matthew Hoggard
Matthew Hoggard, former cricketer of England’s national team, was born on December 31,1976, in Leeds. Hoggard, a professional swing bowler played for England, in international cricket from the years 2000–2008. During these years he played in ODI, as well as Test matches. He was always considered as a consistent bowler of England’s cricket team, with a firm defensive batting skill. However, Hoggard is not much acknowledged for making a good score of runs, averaging just 7.40 through bat. Hoggard made his debut in England’s cricket team by playing in a match in 1998. The tour of West Indies, in April 2004, proved very successful for Hoggard. This led England to win their first series, ever since the time span of 1967-68. In 2006, Hoggard was granted the MBE for his outstanding performance in the Ashes tournament.
Hoggard has somewhat been a lucrative bowler for English cricket team. In 26 one day international matches, Hoggard took 32 wickets at an average of 36 and economy rate of 5.29. His best ODI fiture is 5 wickets for 49 runs. In test format, Hoggard took 248 wickets in 67 test matches at an average of 30.50 and economy rate of 3.26. His best bowling figure has been 12/205 in a test match.
On December 6, 2006, he was formally ranked as the fourth best bowler in the world. All this was due to his magnificent performance for his country against India, in 2006, in the opening Test match played at Nagpur. On May 13, 2006, Hoggard happened to be the tenth bowler of the English cricket team, to claim 200 wickets in Test cricket. Following an unsatisfactory performance where England failed to win the opening test match, Hoggard was removed for the next test. He declared openly, on July 18, 2008, after being dropped from the team again, for matches played against South Africa and New Zealand, that henceforth he would not play for English cricket team any-more.