Brad Hogg signed with the Perth-based outfit in 2011 after failing to adjust to a life outside cricket post-retirement © Getty Images
Brad Hogg signed with the Perth-based outfit in 2011 after failing to adjust to a life outside cricket post-retirement © Getty Images

Aug 21, 2014

 

43 year-old leg-spinner Brad Hogg will be making his fourth appearance the Big Bash League (BBL) this yearby playing for the Perth Scorchers.

Hogg, who retired from international cricket in 2008 with 156 One-Day International (ODI) wickets, will also make his fourth appearance for the Perth-based outfit when he steps out to the field during the Scorchers’opening game against the Adelaide Strikers on 22nd December later this year. The chinaman bowler signed up with the Scorchers in 2011 after stating that he could not settle in a life outside cricket.

The final of this year’s tournament happens to fall nine-days short of Hogg’s 44th birthday. A Perth victory in the final should be a perfect birthday gift for the veteran spinner. Hogg had been called to the national Twenty20 squad twice since his retirement, with his appearance in the World Twenty20 in March this year making him the oldest cricketer to represent Australia since Clarie Grimmett in 1936.

“The body is feeling great and the mind is just the same as ever. It’s feeling like an 18-year-old,” Hogg was quoted as saying to the Australia Associated Press (AAP).