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Hoggard fears for England career

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard has taken 248 Test wickets in 67 matches

Matthew Hoggard fears his Test career could be over after he was left out of England's squad for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley.

The Yorkshire paceman was overlooked by the selectors, who opted to bring in uncapped Nottinghamshire seamer Darren Pattinson for Ryan Sidebottom.

"I'm not holding my breath," Hoggard, 31, told BBC Test Match Special.

"At the moment I'm thinking it's over and looking to see what I'm going to do in the future."

Hoggard, who has taken 248 Test wickets in 67 matches, was dropped after the first Test in New Zealand last winter and has failed to force his way back into the side.

The 2005 Ashes winner, sixth in the list of all-time England Test wicket-takers, was recalled to the squad for the first match of the home series against the Black Caps this summer.

Hoggard did not play and was then ruled out of contention for the second Test with a broken thumb.

"I'm fit and I'm raring to go and it would have been lovely to play a Test in front of my home crowd here at Headingley," said Hoggard.

"I've gone through all the emotions and more since being dropped in New Zealand. Thankfully I was picked in the squad for the first Test match this summer.

"I got overlook so I thought maybe the writing is on the wall. Unfortunately I then broke my thumb and I haven't featured since.

"I was a little bit upset when I turned the TV on this morning, found out that Ryan Sidebottom had failed a medical and Pattinson had got the nod."

Most of my career has been a high point, even the low points I look back on and say: 'That's me in a England shirt"

Matthew Hoggard

Pattinson, 29, was born in Grimsby but relocated to Australia as a boy and has played only 11 first-class matches.

He signed a two year deal at Trent Bridge in April and has taken 29 County Championship wickets this season at 20.86 apiece.

Hoggard, with 22 wickets at 24.31, Stephen Harmison and Simon Jones, three of England's Ashes-winning bowling attack, were all available.

Hampshire's Chris Tremlett was named in the squad as 12th man but also missed out.

"I honestly thought (Pattinson) was Australian," said Hoggard. "When you speak to him he's got a broad Australian accent and because he's new over here we thought he was on a Kolpak, but obviously not.

"But he's come over and done well this season. That's what you need to do - be in form at the right time and in the right place.

"You've got other people who have been stalwarts and put in the years in county cricket and have performed over a number of years but you've got to look for the future and the here and now.

"In the here and now Mr Pattinson's bowling as well as anybody and he gets his chance."


Hoggard still harbours hopes of representing his country again but concedes this may be the end of a largely glittering international career.

"Most of my career has been a high point, even the look points I look back on and say: 'That's me in a England shirt, I'm so proud of the career I've had', he said.

"I hope it's not over. I've got my fingers crossed that I get the chance to pull on an England shirt again and take a few more wickets.

"But if I never play for England again I can sit down in two or three years and tell my son how good his father was."

see also
SA on top after England collapse
18 Jul 08 |  England
Harmison breaks Hoggard's thumb
17 May 08 |  England
Hoggard included in Lions squad
29 Apr 08 |  England

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