Brad Hogg has returned to the Perth Scorchers with “unfinished business” and looking to “go out with a bang” in the upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Hogg was today unveiled as the Scorchers’ final signing. He was an inaugural member of the Scorchers for BBL|01, taking 13 wickets at an average of 14.69 to launch a remarkable comeback to international cricket, being selected for the Australia Twenty20 squad at 40-years-old and four years after he retired from the highest level.
The left-arm chinaman bowler finished fourth on the wicket-takers list in the first instalment of the competition and carried that form into BBL|02, where he ended sixth in the league with 11 scalps, including a 4-29 performance against Sydney Thunder at #TheFurnace.
Hogg’s revival through the Scorchers led him on a global tour of the Twenty20 circuit, going from the domestic team and national duties to playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, the South African T20 League, with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, as well as the Sri Lanka T20 tournament.
Hogg said he and captain Simon Katich had agreed there was unfinished business to settle before he called time on his career.
“I want to play for as long as I can and you can never say never, but you’ve got to be realistic about these things and this will probably be my last hurrah,” Hogg said. “Going away with the group to the Champions League was a great experience and, while we didn’t get the results we would have liked, the opportunity to see the crop of youngsters we’ve got coming through WA cricket was sensational.
“I’m looking forward to playing with that group of guys”, he continued. “Kato and I agreed last year that we’ve got unfinished business, we lost the final – the second losing final – so we’re after that winning final this time around”.
Perth Scorchers squad: Simon Katich (c), Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Liam Davis, Brad Hogg, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Dwayne Smith, Alfonso Thomas, Tom Triffitt, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.
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