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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
Trent Bridge 'will suit Hoggard'
Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard can be a handful if the ball swings
England paceman Simon Jones believes team-mate Matthew Hoggard will be a key figure if they are to win the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Jones expects conventional swing, rather than reverse, will be a factor in the outcome of the game.

"It normally swings here because of the atmosphere with the Trent not far away.

"I think Hoggy will come into his own here. If the ball does reverse at any time then good but we'll swing the old ball and the new ball," he said.

Jones and Andrew Flintoff, England's two best bowlers of reverse swing, have 29 wickets between them in the series so far.

Their returns have helped the home side be successful despite inconsistent performances from opening pair Hoggard and Steve Harmison.

"Edgbaston and Old Trafford were conducive to reverse swing because the square was so rough the new ball only lasted about 15 overs then started reversing," Jones said.

"That was perfect for me and Freddie.

"As a group we work hard; we've got different types of bowlers who can come on at different times and do different jobs.

"It's a great bowling attack. We've got three 90mph bowlers - there's not many sides in the world that have that."

Jones also paid tribute to bowling coach Troy Cooley, who has played a large part in the development of the entire England attack.

"He's the best bowling coach I've ever worked with. It does help that we're best mates as well. We work together in the gym and go out in the evenings," he added.

"If I've had a rough day I'll have a chat with Troy and we'll work on things the next day. We work well together.

"The boys are raring to go; we've got two games left and it would be nice to go 2-1 up here."

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