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England bowling star's homesick blues
Around the Academy:

All those World Cup stars had better watch out! Matthew Hoggard's coming!

The Yorkshire paceman did OK in the Ashes against the Aussies but he'll want to do loads better when the tournament gets underway.

It's taken a while to cement a place in Nasser Hussain's team but now he's hoping to become a regular and lead England to glory.

Last summer, he successfully spearheaded the England attack in Andy Caddick's and Darren Gough's absence against Sri Lanka and India.

However, there's a downside to being a professional cricketer playing for your country having to be away from home for many months.

The Academy caught up with Matthew to hear his thoughts on what he misses when he's away on tour, the brilliant "Barmy Army" and England's unique DVD collection.


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Homesick Hoggy
Constant travelling
Barmy Army!
The DVD library

Matthew Hoggard factfile
Date of birth: 31 December, 1976
Place of birth: Leeds, Yorkshire
Age: 25
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 14 st
Bowls: Right arm fast-medium
Teams: Yorkshire, England
Nickname: Hoggy
Tests for England: 15


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