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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Hoggard back in the swing
By Paul Grunill
BBC Sport

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard's face tells the story as he makes it three in three balls
As Matthew Hoggard celebrated the greatest moment of his Test career, his mood was in stark contrast to that of West Indies captain Brian Lara.

Mobbed by his team-mates after becoming the first England bowler to take a hat-trick in a Test match in the Caribbean, the Yorkshireman's joy was so great it was as much as he could do to hold back the tears.

Lara, standing at the non-striker's end, could only look to the heavens and wonder what he had done to offend the cricketing gods.

As England swept through his side's fragile middle order, Lara was left like "the boy stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled".

It was Hoggard's turn to shine, with seam bowling cohorts Steve Harmison, Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff having already done their bit to undermine the confidence of the West Indies batsmen.

"Harmison got a seven-for, Jones got a five-for and Fred got a five-for, so I thought it was about time I pulled my finger out and did something," he said.

TEST HAT-TRICKS FOR ENGLAND
W Bates v Australia, Melbourne 1883
J Briggs v Australia,
Sydney 1892
G Lohmann v South Africa, Port Elizabeth 1896
J Hearne v Australia, Headingley 1899
M Allom v New Zealand, Christchurch 1930
T Goddard v South Africa, Johannesburg 1938
P Loader v West Indies, Headingley 1957
D Cork v West Indies,
Old Trafford 1995
D Gough v Australia,
Sydney 1999
M Hoggard v West Indies, Barbados 2004*
* The 33rd hat-trick in Tests

His first wicket was the result of a trademark away swinger as Ramnaresh Sarwan played a loose drive and Ashley Giles made no mistake at gully.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unorthodox technique has brought him over 4,500 Test runs, but he often looks as if his feet have been nailed to the floor early in his innings, and so it proved this time as Hoggard pinned him lbw next ball.

Next up was Ryan Hinds, a player with only five and half Test's worth of experience behind him and facing the added pressure of trying to avoid being embarrassed on his home ground.

As the hat-trick ball angled across him Hinds was unable to resist temptation and an uncertain prod resulted in an edge which Flintoff grabbed confidently second slip.

For Hoggard, it provided vindication after losing his Test place four months ago following a laboured performance against Sri Lanka in Galle, having suffered the same fate in Australia 12 months earlier.

He shared the new ball with Richard Johnson - neither of them played again in the series as the selectors turned to James Kirtley, who was not even a member of the original squad for the series.

Brian Lara
Lara's trials and tribulations show no sign of stopping

Despite that, Hoggard was chosen for the Caribbean, but the Sri Lankan experience remained fresh in his memory.

"I was very disappointed to be dropped on the Sri Lanka tour.

"Captain and coach have got to pick the five guys who are going to take 20 wickets and they didn't think I was one of those guys," he said.

Conditions in the Caribbean have proved much more to Hoggard's liking, although his five wickets in the first Test in Trinidad were overlooked as Harmison demolished the home side for 47 by taking 7-12.

Once as high as fifth in the Test bowling rankings, Hoggard is currently 21st.

But the 10th England bowler to take a Test hat-trick could soon be heading for the top 10 again.




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