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Last Updated: Monday, 23 June, 2003, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Q & A: Rodney Hogg
By Oliver Brett

BBC Sport interviews Rodney Hogg, the former Australian Test bowler who is now Zimbabwe's bowling coach.

Q: How have Zimbabwe gone about preparing for the NatWest Series?

A: They've won a few warm-up games and have been good in all facets of play.

A couple of catches at crucial times have gone down but the Zim guys work really hard on their fielding and hopefully that can be eradicated when the big games come up.

A lot of the batsmen were affected by the swinging ball in the Test matches but if the ball is not swinging our batsmen are striking well.

Q: Do you have to ask the bowlers to bowl differently than they did in the Tests?

Rodney Hogg bowling for Australia in the late 1970s
Hogg bowling for Australia in the late 1970s

A: There's no room for error but sometimes it's just a mental thing. Sometimes in one-day cricket it takes a little while to adjust to someone charging you and hitting you through the covers.

I don't think you bowl that much differently in Test cricket, though - it's just a case of concentration.

Saying that, Trescothick at The Oval the other day played in a totally different way to how he plays in a Test match. He was impossible to bowl to.

Dougie Hondo in the last couple of weeks has ironed out a couple of things in his run-up, Travis Friend bowled well the other day and Ray Price is just getting better every day while Heath Streak is the consummate professional.

Andy Blignaut is 80% most of the time - we just need to get him up to 90-99% and the great thing about these guys is they all bat very well.

England have got a few little problems with the middle order batting - they wouldn't be 100% happy so I think they will have a few issues there.

Q: Rodney, you played Test cricket 20-odd years ago. What has changed since then?

A: Great players are always great in any era. I think Shane Warne would have been great 50 years ago and in the same way Dennis Lillee and Greg Chappell would have been great if they were playing now.

I think one-day cricket and coloured clothing are great. I would love to see Test cricket played in coloured clothing, and I would love to see Test cricket played at night.

Tactically-wise I think there's a lot more research done into who your opposition are and looking at their strengths and weaknesses.

Q: Much has been made of bowling actions recently and so-called chucking. How do you view that issue?

A: I think the word has bad connotations and doesn't seem the right sort of word. A baseball pitcher chucks it but a bowler whose action might not look right is not a chucker.

I didn't see the West Indian guy [Jermaine Lawson] who took seven wickets the other day against Australia. Some people have said he's got a suspect action.

I think the game has to sort out to what degree you accept an action that doesn't look right. If people are 5-10% not right they are not really chuckers.

People question Brett Lee but he bowls at 94mph all the time and there doesn't seem to be much variance.

But if someone bowls at 85mph and then one ball goes at 95mph that to me is a chucker.

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