As England’s sixth highest Test wicket taker of all time, Matthew Hoggard MBE is one of England’s most successful cricketers of recent decades. In 67 Tests he snared 248 victims and played an integral role in their epic 2005 Ashes victory over Australia. With Yorkshire he was named ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year’ in 2006 and went on to captain Leicestershire to the 2011 Twenty20 Cup.
The 6ft 2in orthodox swing bowler began his first class career in 1996 with his boyhood county of Yorkshire and his performances soon brought him to the attention of England’s selectors. Making his Test debut in June 2000 against the West Indies, he became a key member of a bowling attack that included the likes of Andrew Flintoff, Simon Jones and Steve Harmison.
Hoggard’s greatest bowling performance came on tour in South Africa when he took 12 for 205, the best figures for an Englishman since Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 in India in 1979-80. Later that year ‘Hoggy’ skittled the Aussies 16 times during an intense Ashes battle that saw England emerge victorious.
With 1271 career wickets, Matthew was an effective operator with the ball but it is sometimes forgotten that his defensive prowess with the bat led to his regular deployment as nightwatchman. Moving from Yorkshire to Leicestershire in 2010 revitalised the experienced Hoggard, who a year later inspired his new county to glory in the Twenty20 Cup.
Matthew joined the Champions Celebrity Agency family in 2011 and, since retiring from cricket in 2013, we have established his successful global media profile, securing commitments to the BBC, BT Sport and Sky Sports. His energy, charisma and enthusiasm has also seen him become a great presence on the after dinner speaker circuit.