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Matthew Hoggard

Matthew Hoggard emerged with credit for containing India's top order batsmen.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2002 23:39 IST

Born: 31st December, 1976

Bats: Right handed

Bowls: Right arm fast medium

Test Debut: Against West Indies at Lord's in 2000

ODI Debut:
Against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2001

The absence of Darren Gough and Andy Caddick in India left Matthew Hoggard as the spearhead of one of the most inexperienced bowling attacks ever to take the field for England in a Test series.

Hoggard emerged with credit for containing India's top order, but it was in New Zealand where he achieved his greatest rewards, most notably when taking seven for 63 as the home side were bowled out for 228 in the first innings at Christchurch.

He did it by bowling to a consistently full length and swinging the ball from leg to off, but was taught a valuable lesson on the final day when he bore the brunt of Nathan Astle's astonishing display of hitting before finally dismissing him for 222 to clinch a 98-run win for England.

A strong physique means he is not prone to the same number of injuries which afflict many young fast bowlers. In Gough's absence he will have to bear a heavy burden.

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First Published: Sep 11, 2002 17:16 IST