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Off The Mark - How it began for...Matthew Hoggard - Cricket World TV

Cricket World ambassador Matthew Hoggard explains how he managed to get into cricket despite being offered a choice of playing football, football, football or football at school.

Joking aside, Hoggard explains that he managed to play rugby in the winter and cricket in the summer with Pudsey Congs.

"I got into cricket at Pudsey Congs, which was a short walk from our house," he told us.

"At school I only had the opportunity to play football, football, football or football, and I'm not a massive fan of football, but I wanted to play sport at school so I played football at school, I played rugby outside for Stanningley in Pudsey in the winter and in the summer I played cricket for Pudsey.

"It was there that aged 16, 17 I was played third team cricket when Phil Carrick, an ex-Yorkshire left-arm spinner came to Pudsey Congs, took one look at me and said 'I want you in the first team.'"

Carrick went on to play a huge role in Hoggard's development, first opening his eyes to the possibility that he could make a career out of the game.

"'What do you want to do with your life?' he asked me. I said 'I'd like to be a vet, so I'm taking A-levels, I want to go to university and study' and he said 'how about cricket?'

"I said 'Well, I'd love to play cricket for a living but I don't think I'm good enough.' He said, 'Well, I do'.

From there, Carrick helped get Hoggard onto Yorkshire's radar.

"He badgered Yorkshire to get me onto the academy, which I did get onto, and then he sent me away to South Africa to play in Johannesburg with Richard Lumb," Hoggard recalls.

"He mentored me into the Yorkshire second team and then up to the first team.

"It was down to Phil Carrick coming to Pudsey Congs that I went from a third team player at a club team to an international cricketer."

Hoggard went on to play 67 Tests for England and 26 One-Day Internationals taking 282 international wickets.

He represented Yorkshire between 1996 and 2009 before moving to Leicestershire as captain in 2010, where he played until retirement in 2013.

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