- Available For Cricket Dinners, Lunches, Golf Days
Rodney Hogg was born in Richmond in 1951 and would go on to a controversial career that started at Northcote Cricket Club and ascended to Victorian, South Australian and Australian representation.
Rodney Hogg debuted with Northcote as a 16 year-old in 1967/68, but a back injury in 1970 saw quicks such as Froggy Thomson, Max Walker and Alan Hurst go past him into the Victorian side. When he saw his former Northcote teammate Gary Cosier move to Adelaide and break into the Test side, Hogg transferred to Prospect in 1975 and was soon in the South Australian team.
Hogg was a member of Northcote’s premiership team in 1973/74, taking 4/69 against a strong Melbourne line-up including Paul Sheahan, David Broad, Jeff Moss and Bob Lloyd.
Hogg received his call up for the 1978/79 Ashes series, bowling with great pace and finishing the series with an amazing 41 wickets @ 12.85 including 6/74 on debut in Brisbane and ten wickets in a match twice – a record that must be near impossible to beat these days.
Hoggie became a national favourite and the crowd, in his adopted South Australia, could always be heard chanting, “Hoggie, Hoggie, Hoggie!” when he was charging in.
Hogg returned to Victoria in 1984/85 and was appointed Test vice-captain following Kim Hughes’ resignation during the summer, but his decision to sign for the rebel South African tours in 1985/86 and 1986/87 effectively ended his Test career.
Hogg continued playing VCA cricket until 1991, finishing with 282 wickets @ 18.08 from 136 matches for Northcote, Carlton and Waverley/Dandenong. He took 5 or more wickets in an innings 13 times.
More recently, Rodney has been commentating for C7 in Australia for a couple of years, and was Strategy and Fast Bowling Coach for Victorian Cricket. On top of this, Rodney has built up a great reputation as a corporate speaker.
In his own words: “I was there for the 500 to one, I was there for the 43 cans, I was there for the underarm, I was there for the aluminium bat…” Hoggie has some fascinating stories and a great sense of humour to match.
Rodney’s career stats are 38 Test Matches 123 Wickets at an average of 28.47, including taking 5 wickets in an innings on 6 occasions and 10 wickets in a Test Match twice. He also played in 71 One Day Internationals taking a further 85 wickets at an average of 28.44.
Rodney is over in The UK, this summer for The Ashes series and will be here from April until August and is available for Cricket Dinners, Lunches, Golf Days, enjoy an event with a great Speaker during the defence of The Ashes this summer 2009!