|Full Name||Kyle Hogg|
|DoB||2nd July 1983|
|Bats/Bowls||Left Hand/Right arm fast medium|
|Lancashire||Debut 2001, Cap 2010. Other clubs: Otago 2006/07, Notts (loan) 2007, Worcs (loan) 2007|
Kyle Hogg has been one of the major benefactors of Peter Moores’ move to Old Trafford as Lancashire’s first-team coach, gradually cementing a place in the LV= County Championship side after a string of impressive performances, most notably in 2011.
That it was a surprise to many people that Hogg missed out on a place in England's Performance Programme squad for the winter of 2011/12 tells you everything you need to know about the all-rounder's performances that summer, undoubtedly the best of his career so far.
The pace bowling all-rounder took 50 Championship wickets in just eleven matches for the champions, also chipping in with 365 valuable runs.
After a number of years of being described as a promising all-rounder, the Saddleworth based player proved beyond any doubt that he has turned potential into performances.
Hogg, now 29-years-old, actually missed the first five matches of the summer with thigh and ankle injuries, and even questioned whether he would be able to force his way into the side after seeing Lancashire win four and drawn one.
But he took advantage of injuries and international call-ups to stun Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in late May, returning incredible figures of 7-28 in the first innings, which contributed to a match haul of 11-59. After that, he didn't look back.
He claimed a further two five-wicket hauls, finishing with 50 wickets at 18.80. Nobody in Division One who took 50 wickets or more finished the campaign with a better average. Hogg's tally of 365 runs also included two fifties.
And it is a testament to his development as a cricketer that, after a 2012 campaign that was nowhere near as successful, it would be a major surprise to see his place in the side come under threat ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Compared to his 50 in 2011, he only took 18 wickets from 13 matches, failing to secure a five-wicket haul. Incidentally, his haul of 324 runs, including two half-centuries, saw him finish with an average of 32.40, only second in the squad behind Ashwell Prince.
There have been seasons when Hogg has hardly played Championship cricket, used largely as the opening bowler in one-day cricket. But his roles switched around in 2011. He only played nine matches in both forms of limited overs cricket, continuing along the same path last season with only one appearance coming in 40-over cricket.
Hogg's involvement and form have gradually increased in 2009 and 2010, coinciding with the arrival of Moores.
A right-arm bowler and a hard-hitting left-handed batsman, Hogg has proved himself to be one of the best number tens in county cricket, often getting Lancashire out of a hole with entertaining cameos.
He is the son of former Lancashire and Warwickshire player Willie and the grandson of former West Indies legend Sonny Ramadhin, who also donned the Red Rose.
Hogg was tipped for the top early in his career, which began with a Lancashire debut in 2001 (he signed pro terms at Old Trafford on the same day as James Anderson).
But a series of injuries - from a torn calf to a hernia to a mystery illness picked up whilst touring Sri Lanka with the England under 19s - set him back.
"I think what everybody seems to forget about those days is that I was playing regularly at 17," said the player who was selected for the England Academy in the winter of 2002/3. "I was only just out of school, and at some point it was always going to catch up with me."
Hogg enjoyed success in 2006, playing his part as the Red Rose reached the Friends Provident Trophy final. But 2007 didn't quite go as planned due to a lack of opportunities.
He bounced back to return solid performances with bat and ball in 50-over cricket the following summer before getting more Championship cricket under his belt during the following two summers.
Hogg was awarded his county cap during the 2010 summer, and is one of the first names on the Red Rose team-sheet in Championship cricket, forming a dangerous new ball alliance with skipper Glen Chapple.
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