Born on 31 December 1976, Matthew James Hoggard is a former English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and right arm fast-medium bowler.
He was a part of the England cricket team from 2000–2008 and played in both Test and ODI format of the game.
Early days and Achievement
Hoggard’s promising career started by playing for local cricket team, Bradford League club. He played for Yorkshire at the age of 19, four years before he had got opportunity to get into the England cricket team.
His Test debut was against West Indies in the year 2000, while his ODI debut came against Zimbabwe in the year 2001.
Rise to Glory
His career took a leap as he led the attack on England's tour of India in 2001-02. He took seven wickets for 63 runs against New Zealand.
During a successful tour of the West Indies in 2004, he achieved the rare opportunity of his 1st and England's 34th test hat-trick, which up to a great extent to England’s first series victory in the West Indies for 36 years.
In 2005, he took 12 wickets for 205 in the fourth Test match of the series in South Africa
There was a disappointing phase in his life when England lost their first test against Sri Lanka and Hoggard was dropped for the second test. He declared not to play for England after being dropped from the Test matches against New Zealand and South Africa.
Apart from the England cricket team, he has played for Free State, Leicestershire and Yorkshire teams and always tried his best efforts for whichever team he played and proved his worth too.
He was the captain of Leicestershire from 2010 till 2013, when he announced his retirement. Prior to that, he had played for Yorkshire for a total of thirteen years i.e even more than a decade and hence it was a second family to him.
He was also marked as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in April 2006.
Matthew announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in September 2013, bringing a hugely successful 17-year career to an end.