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Hoggard angry over England snub

Matthew Hoggard talks to then England coach Peter Moores
Hoggard was particularly critical of former coach Peter Moores (left)

Matthew Hoggard says there was a "staggering lack of interest" in his welfare by England's management after he was dropped from the team.

The Yorkshire seamer has not featured for England since the first Test defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton last year.

The 32-year-old, a pivotal part of the 2005 Ashes-winning side, was overlooked for this summer's performance squad.

"My contact with the ECB has been zero, and so I'm completely and utterly not even thinking about a recall," he said.

Hoggard was subsequently replaced by James Anderson following disappointing match figures of 1-151 in England's 189-run defeat in Hamilton in March 2008, effectively ending his Test career after 248 wickets from 67 matches.

But Hoggard revealed he had been affected by off-the-field issues during the Test match.

His wife Sarah had been suffering from post-natal depression after giving birth to their son Ernie, and he had come close to tears while playing in Hamilton.

"As I got back towards the end of my run-up, I felt as though I wanted to cry," he said in a serialisation of his autobiography.

It came as little surprise when I was told that my central contract wouldn't be renewed

Matthew Hoggard

"As I stood by my marker, I turned to (then England captain) Michael Vaughan, who was standing at mid-off, and said: 'Vaughany, I think I'm going cuckoo, I'm doing a Tres.'

"This was a reference to Marcus Trescothick, who had broken down with depression not so long before. I'm not sure what Vaughany thought of that, but at the time it was true."

Hoggard's misery was further compounded when his thumb was broken by a Steve Harmison delivery during a county game in the build-up to the second Test against New Zealand in May last year.

Although he was among the 12 centrally contracted England players during the 2008 season, Hoggard was overlooked for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley in favour of Nottinghamshire fast bowler Darren Pattinson.

And in August, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Hoggard's central contract would not be renewed.

"They didn't offer me the courtesy of an explanation as to why they hadn't picked me instead, a centrally contracted player, in helpful conditions, on my home ground," Hoggard said.

"To go from having one bad Test in New Zealand to losing my central contract five months later, and to barely have any contact for the five months in between, was a joke.

"(Former coach) Peter Moores had known about Sarah's illness since the tour of New Zealand. Still no contact, no phone call to see how things were at home.

"Not even a message of encouragement to ensure that I was striving to get back in the England team.


"Regardless of my own personal issues, if I'd been coach of the England team and I had a bloke who had taken 248 Test wickets, and was still only 31, I'd have wanted to keep tabs on him.

"It came as little surprise when I was told that my central contract wouldn't be renewed. Hardly shocking news since they had barely bothered to speak to me for the last five months."

Hoggard was a major part of England's four-pronged pace attack for the 2005 Ashes series, taking 16 wickets with a best of 4-97.

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see also
Hoggard fears for England career
18 Jul 08 |  England
Harmison breaks Hoggard's thumb
17 May 08 |  England
Hoggard recalled to England squad
11 May 08 |  England
Hoggard included in Lions squad
29 Apr 08 |  England
England drop Harmison and Hoggard
12 Mar 08 |  England

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