Melbourne Renegades new recruit Brad Hogg has now revealed why he left Perth Scorchers. It was the suggestion from Justin Langer that he should retire on a high note and a desire to create opportunities for young spinners were the major reasons behind his decision to part away with Perth Scorchers.
The Renegades unveiled Hogg as their newest recruit for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season on Monday morning, just days after Justin Langer confirmed the 45-year-old veteran had walked away from the Scorchers.
Langer revealed he was shocked and disappointed by Hogg’s decision, and insisted the experienced spinner would have been given the ample opportunity to play for Perth this summer also.
But Hogg claims he was encouraged to seek a challenge and had even warned the club he had been considering his options at the end of BBL season 5.
“We’ve had discussions over the last four years and he’s been very vocal the last four years about my willingness to play on and he’s always been telling me I should be retiring on a high,” Hogg said in Melbourne on Monday.
“He was pretty excessive about that this year and I told him I want to play on. I’ve retired once before and you don’t win any brownie points for retiring.
“As far as I’m concerned I want to play as long as I can. The last three months I’ve been pretty open with him that other teams have been wanting me and there have been a couple teams chasing me for three years, but this year is the first time I’ve been open with JL that I might be making a move, on the back of what he’s been saying about how I should retire on a high note.
“And so I gave them three months’ warning and we set the time, went through the appropriate guidelines to tell them what’s going on and gave them a date and they were pretty blasé about the whole process so I took that as a sign I should go.”
With the Scorchers team boasting some promising young spinning talents including World T20 squad member Ashton Agar, James Muirhead, and Ashton Turner, experienced Hogg said he also felt it was time to give others an opportunity.
“(Langer’s) one who wants the young players to have the opportunity and he want to produce Australian cricketers, which is a great thing and what we’re here for.
“I was looking at it and seeing young stars like Agar playing in a World T20 and put in a position which he doesn’t do for the Scorchers.
“(But) I still want to play cricket and I’ve got the opportunity at the Renegades now and as far as I’m concerned it’s a win-win situation.”
Hogg, however, still believes he could return to the Scorchers in the future.
“The young guys in Perth need opportunities, I’ve been taking their overs. My chapter is finished in WA. But there’s no reason why I can’t go back as a coach down the track.”
He’s also confident his decision would not impact his 30-year friendship with Justin Langer.
“I’ve known JL for 30 years, it’ll be water off a duck’s back in a day or two.”