Evergreen is probably the only adjective to describe Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg. The 45-year-old spinner is way too enthusiastic and plays the game with a serious intent to succeed. Even at the age of 45, Hogg looks fit and energetic on the field. He continues to fox the batsmen with his variations in several domestic T20 leagues such as the IPL and BBL.
In an exclusive chat with cricket.com.au, Hogg divulged details about his likely future. The 45-year-old stated that he would love to be around for a couple of years, and was already training hard to do so. Hogg said that his ultimate ambition was to play at the new stadium in Perth. “I’m still pushing myself around in the gym because I want to be part of the first few games to be played at the new stadium in Perth,” Hogg said. “If I can get there it will be well and truly a good achievement.”
Hogg added that day and night tests were the future of the game and should be given a green signal. “People are saying T20 cricket is taking away from Tests but that is because Test cricket is not producing close contests,” Hogg said. “Day-night cricket was a huge success because it was a close match. If you have exciting finishes then it will drive people to the game. Day-night Tests are here to stay and they are the perfect way to move the game forward.”
Mentioning that the format should be played in colored clothing, Hogg said, “It should be coloured clothing, white ball and with a baggy green.” “Players just have to suck it up and play with the pink ball but at the same time, the powers who make the decision have to listen to the players very carefully, because we don’t want a ball which is making it dangerous for a batsman and close-in fielders,” he said. “I think the white ball is the solution. I believe there was a white ball trialed in England. It was used during the lower divisions and it lasted for 80 overs,” Hogg said.
Criticizing the flat nature of pitches in tests, Hogg said, “One thing that disappoints me about the pitches around the world these days is that they are so flat,” he said. “I don’t want to watch boring Test matches. I want to watch players be able to adapt to different conditions and test their skills. “Even in 2013 when Australia toured India last, people complained about the pitches, but as far I’m concerned it’s like playing backyard cricket – put a few obstacles on the pitch and make it bounce or turn so it’s difficult for the batsmen. The game moves quicker, it was fast and that is exciting for the new generation of fans.”
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