Kyle Hogg is looking to make an impact in all formats of the game this season
Hogg made his one-day debut back in 2001, and has played 130 matches in either 50, 45 or 40-over cricket. He also made his Twenty20 debut in 2003. At the age of just 29, he is a Lancashire veteran. But the bowling all-rounder knows he has a long way to go before he has cracked it with the white ball. He is now ready for that to change.
Hogg has had his opportunities in the limited overs format limited during the last three seasons, whether that be in List A or Twenty20 cricket. He has only pulled on a coloured shirt on 21 occasions in that time.
It has been a definite plan by Peter Moores and Glen Chapple to save him for the rigours of Championship cricket, which worked a treat in 2011 for example. Having only played nine matches with the white ball, he claimed a career best haul of 50 Championship wickets.
Last year, he felt it perhaps worked against him somewhat. With rain wreaking havoc in the summer schedule, he would have liked to have played more often to help keep him in decent rhythm ahead of four-day matches.
He is hoping that in 2013, he can challenge for a place in all formats of the game.
“In 2011, with the amount of overs we were bowling in the Championship, it is then very hard to play one-day games on the back of four-day matches,” said the player who has played more List A matches than everybody else in the Lancashire squad bar James Anderson, Chapple and Simon Katich.
“But last year, with the amount of rain and how little we got onto the field, it felt like every match was the first of the season. Any bowler, even a spinner, you need to get a rhythm and bowl regularly throughout the season. Every game last year because it was rain affected, we didn’t get that. It was a really weird season.
“Two years ago I enjoyed just concentrating on four-day cricket. But with the way the game is now, if you do well in one-day cricket there are a lot of opportunities that come along with it, especially if you can smack a few down the order. There are things you can do in the winter, but you have to play well in the summer here to open up those avenues.”
Although his best haul in a List A season was 26 wickets in 2002, arguably Hogg’s best campaign was in 2006 when he played a crucial role in Lancashire’s passage through to the C&G Trophy final against Sussex.
His contribution with the new ball - both taking wickets and keeping things tight - were invaluable. He finished the season with 16 wickets from 15 matches in both 50 and 40-over cricket.
He added: “I have played over 100 one-dayers already, which is more than a lot of the lads. But the game has changed so much, it is totally different than when I started. Now, if you land six balls on a length, three of them are going out of the park.
“It is good I have not been involved so I can see what is going on and I don’t have the mental scars of being hit around the ground in Twenty20 cricket.”
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