Matthew Hoggard Announces Retirement
Former England international fast bowler Matthew Hoggard has announced his retirement from professional cricket.
Hoggard was one of England's heroes as they won the Ashes back from Australia in 2005, playing 67 Tests and 26 One-Day Internationals for his country.
He represented Yorkshire between 1996 and 2009 before moving to Leicestershire as captain, where he will bring the curtain down on his career at the end of the current domestic season.
He was awarded the MBE for services to cricket in 2006.
Playing for England between 2000 and 2008, Hoggard became a regular new-ball bowler in the Test side, picked primarily for his ability to swing the ball away from right-hand batsmen.
He took 248 Test wickets to put him seventh on England's list, although Graeme Swann has recently matched his tally and would expect to demote Hoggard to eighth in Australia this winter.
During England's successful 3-0 series win in the West Indies in 2004, Hoggard took a hat-trick in the third Test in Barbados as England bowled out the West Indies for just 94.
Then, in Johannesburg in January 2005, he took his career-best figures of seven for 61 to help England claim a series win over South Africa before taking 16 wickets as England beat Australia 2-1 at home, their first Ashes series win since 1986/7.
He also played a role with the bat, a driven four in the closing stages of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge helping England chase down 129 to move ahead in the series.
He was a regular nightwatchman and had a top score in Tests of 38 with an unbeaten 89 to his name in first-class cricket.
He lost his England place in New Zealand in 2008 as James Anderson and Stuart Broad were brought into the side, switching counties from Yorkshrie to Leicestershire ahead of the 2010 season, and helping the Foxes win the Twenty20 Cup in 2011.
Although he was a member of the 2003 World Cup squad, Hoggard was not a regular ODI selection for England, although he finishes his career with 205 one-day wickets at 25.72.
His first-class record stands up to scrutiny having taken 786 wickets at 27.56.
"I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, the PCA and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire County Cricket Clubs for the support and dedication that they have shown me over the course of my career. I have been inspired by so many different people and the late Phil Carrick is just one example of someone who supported me from the very beginning and I owe him a lot," Hoggard said.
"Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side is a dream that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares. I feel truly honoured to have been given such incredible opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside for the past 17 years.
"I want to thank my wife Sarah for the immense support she has shown me throughout my career. She has always been there for me and has continued to help me to do the very best that I can for my team, both on an international and county level.
"Nothing will ever replace the role that cricket has played in my life but I am looking forward to a new chapter and the chance to spend a little more time with my family. Cricket will continue to be hugely important to me and I wish Leicestershire the very best of luck for the future."
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