Rodney Hogg

Australian cricketer who scored 708 wickets

Rodney Hogg

“Hoggie, Hoggie, Hoggie!” was the cry that would roar out from the crowds watching Rodney Hogg when he played for the cricket teams of Australia, South Australia and Victoria. These days, the audiences listening to the motivational speaker at events and conferences are a little less vocal but no less enthralled by the man.

Hogg began his cricketing career aged 16 playing for Northcote Cricket Club in the early 1970s and found himself in the national team vying for the Ashes in 1978-79. Rodney ended the series having amassed 41 wickets – including twice managing 10 wickets in a match. The Australians particularly loved how Hoggie regularly got the better of England’s Geoffrey Boycott.

However, although he was Test vice-captain for Victoria in 1984-85, Rodney Hogg’s Test career (in which he scored 708 wickets) came to an abrupt end for two reasons – he sustained an injury and he played cricket in South Africa in 1985-86 and 1986-87. After leaving the game, he opened a greengrocers then went on to forge a future for himself as a motivational speaker and as a strategy and fast bowling coach for Victorian Cricket. Hogg’s autobiography is called ‘The Whole Hogg – Inside the Mind of a Lunatic Fast Bowler’.

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