Matthew Hoggard can quite rightly look back on his career representing England,
Yorkshire and Leicestershire with great pride. He was very passionate about
playing cricket and he clearly gave 100% in every game.
At 36, Hoggard has decided that enough is enough and has called a halt to his career. His personality and energy will leave a lasting effect on cricket, as well as some of his memorable performances in the past.
Hoggard began his illustrious career at Yorkshire in 1996 before being given his debut with England against the West Indies in 2000. His test career spanned 67 Test matches up until 2008, and he most famously played a crucial part in the 2005 capture of The Ashes against Australia - a series that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever.
His 248 Test wickets leaves him in joint-seventh position in England's list of all-time wicket takers. Hoggard left Yorkshire in 2009 to captain Leicestershire, his greatest success at Grace Road coming with victory in the final of the Twenty20 Cup in 2011.
The pinnacle of his career though has to be the 2005 Ashes triumph, a victory that has seen the tide of dominance shift to the northern hemisphere.
Hoggard summed up his career when announcing his retirement via Twitter: " Its been an amazing journey filled with some fantastic experiences shared with great people but time has come to hang the boots up."
It is not just cricket though that has contributed to Hoggard being so recognisable. His personality on and off the field has endeared him to many and he is rightly considered a true personality. He is a fans favourite wherever he goes and has that attraction that many sportsmen and women would do well to copy.
He was often the prankster and the joker in the dressing room but was clearly 100% committed whenever he crossed the white line. Nobody ever doubted that. He now leaves the game in a better place for him having been part of it.
Hoggard will now concentrate on his family life and he was quick to acknowledge the part that they had played in his success as soon as he announced his retirement.
"Special thanks must go to Mrs Hoggy for being my rock…….She provided the calm water in the stormy times and made the good times great! Thank you ….I look forward to being a better husband and father!," he added on Twitter.
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