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15 degree rule hasn’t curbed ‘chucking’ issue, feels Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg has raised some serious questions on the way ICC has dealt with the 'googly' © Getty Images
Brad Hogg has raised some serious questions on the way ICC has dealt with the ‘googly’ © Getty Images

Mar 20, 2014

Australia‘s veteran leg-spinner, Brad Hogg, whose career has spanned well over 20 years now, and who is now also pondering a coaching role in near future, has expressed concern over the manner in which the sport’s authorities have dealt with the ‘googly’. Expressing his concern, he has said that there has been too much talk about it, but not enough action taken.

“I know it’s a controversial subject, but being a spinner, that’s the biggest thing that disappoints me in our game,” Hogg said in the lead-up to the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

“There’s no clarity. I’m bamboozled how some blokes are getting reported for it and others aren’t.

“Then they go and get tested and all of a sudden they’re fine. They’re not tested under the rigours of playing out in the middle, when games are on the line.

“That’s when you’ve got to be tested. You’re either throwing or your not.”

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) changed its laws in 2004 to allow all bowlers to bend then straighten their arms by up to 15 degrees, biomechanical studies of “legal” bowling actions found they actually straightened their arms by up to 12 degrees.

Hogg was of the suggestion that bowlers have pushed boundaries since then, and will continue to do so unless there are greater controls in place.

“As a specialist spinner, the disappointing thing is we’ve probably had more people reported over the last couple of years since we’ve gone to 15 degrees,” he said.

“More people have had to go and get their actions diagnosed.

“You’ve changed the rules and things have gotten worse in that aspect of the game.

“We talk about it in the change rooms. If someone’s got a suspect action [and wants to bowl the doosra], we laugh about it and my advice is to just do it. Everyone else is doing it.

“The rules have been bent to help bowlers of that nature, and I think we’ve gone too far that we can’t come back.

“Australian kids are going to have to start doing it if we want to compete on the same stage.”

Hogg refused to pinpoint names as to who is doing it, and who isn’t, but he said that there will always be players who will manage their way through the laws.

“I’m not having a go at these players personally, they’re all great people,” he said.

“It’s just I want rules to be clear and correct,” he concluded.

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