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Matthew Hoggard announces retirement from cricket

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Ex-England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard has today announced that he will retire from cricket at the end of the season.

The Leicestershire seamer will call time on his 17-year playing career after the match against Hampshire on September 21.

Hoggard took 240 wickets in 64 test appearances for his country, and he played an integral part in the greatest ever Ashes series in 2005, helping England to win a test series against Australia for the first time in 18 years, which earned him an MBE.

The 36-year old said: "I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, the Professional Cricketers Association and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire County Cricket Clubs for the support and dedication they have shown me over the course of my career.

"Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares.

"I feel truly honoured to have been given such valuable opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside for the past 17 years."

His international career didn't get off to the best of starts, however. His debut came against the West Indies at Lord's back in 2000, but after a wicket-less match he had to wait over a year for another crack at the test scene.

When his did get his second chance, he took it with aplomb, and he now sits proudly in joint-seventh on the all-time list of England wicket takers.

Known for his deadly accuracy with a new, swinging ball, he was also hugely successful at county level, taking 669 wickets in 195 matches for Yorkshire.

He left Yorkshire to join Leicestershire for the start of the 2010 season and club chief executive Mike Siddall was full of praise for the departing bowler.

"Everyone at Leicestershire wishes Matthew and his family the very best for the future following his retirement, said Siddall.

He continued: "He has had a massive influence at the club during the four years he has been here, not least captaining the county to its third T20 trophy win at Edgbaston in August 2011. 

"His wicked sense of humour and Yorkshire wit will be missed by all."


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