Brad Hogg will certainly bring plenty of experience to the bowling attack at the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament after being included in Australia’s 15-man squad.
The 41-year old makes his return to international cricket for the first time since 2008, earning his place in the squad after establishing himself as one of the world’s best T20 specialists.
The Western Australian has been included as part of an exciting bowling attack that will aim to defy online bets and odds when it competes in the Sri Lanka-held tournament.
The Perth Scorchers star will most likely be fighting it out with Xavier Doherty for a place in the team, hoping to fulfil the role of spin-bowling all-rounder in a format of the game where slow bowlers can be very much hit-or-miss.
There has been plenty of raised eyebrows following Hogg’s inclusion in the squad, but those eyebrows will return to a more calm and level position should the veteran produce the sort of form that has made him one of the most highly-sought after players in world Twenty20 cricket.
“The seam bowling has depth with Clint McKay, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitch Starc along with all-rounders Shane Watson and Dan Christian, and to a lesser extent Michael Hussey, who could be useful for an occasional over or two,” head selector John Inverarity said.
“Similarly there is depth in the spin bowling department with Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty and also all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey. You can then add to that the possibility of the wrist spin of Cameron White and David Warner.”
The cricket betting community reckons that winning this tournament was the catalyst to a lot of England’s success over the past two years. Australia will be well aware of how important this tournament could be in the team’s bid to get back to the top of the sport.