Brad Hogg signs contract with Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash League
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Veteran Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has signed a one-year contract for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades, with whom he played the previous season.
After excelling last year, Hogg, who turned 46 in February of 2017, said he was excited to return. Hogg signed for the Renegades last year for the 2016-2017 season, and will continue into 2017-18.
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Hogg made his debut in the T20 league in 2011, then playing for the Perth Scorchers and amassing a huge fan following with the side.
In fact, Hogg performed so well at the BBL that he ended up earning a call-up to Australia's international side the following year, when he also became the oldest cricketer to play a T20I - a record that has not yet been broken.
He made a surprising move from the Scorchers to the Renegades for the '16-'17 season, and has now seen an extension to that stint.
Hogg was a regular feature in several cricketing leagues worldwide, among them Bangladesh's Premier League and in India, where he played for the Rajasthan Royals alongside one-time teammate Shane Warne.
He also played for the Kolkata Knight Riders, and in a match against the Chennai Super Kings in 2015, became the oldest ever player to play an IPL match at 44 years old.
Despite being on the older scale for a professional cricketer, Hogg, who has not struggled with any major injuries, said he was 'raring to go' and looking forward to a call-up alongside Aaron Finch, whom he describes as Finchy, and "the rest of the guys."
In an interview with Cricbuzz earlier in 2017, Hogg said that playing till the age of 50 was a 'small personal goal' of his.
One of Australia's golden wrist spinners, Hogg is a welcome addition to any team he plays for, and at 46 has shown absolutely no signs of either a lack of fitness or slowing down in any way.
Hogg has done well in every international format there is, and consistently taken wickets, bowling powerful spells that would put bowlers half his age - many of them his teammates - to shame. There is nothing stopping Hogg from continuing on his extremely successful run in League cricket.