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Rodney Hogg

Rodney Hogg
Personal information
Full name Rodney Malcolm Hogg
Born (1951-03-05) 5 March 1951
Melbourne, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role fast bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 297) 1 December 1978 v England
Last Test 22 December 1984 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 53) 24 January 1979 v England
Last ODI 3 March 1985 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1976 1983–1984 South Australia
1984–1985 Victoria
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 38 71 107 107
Runs scored 439 137 1185 218
Batting average 9.75 9.13 10.48 9.08
100s/50s -/1 0/0 0/1 -/-
Top score 52 22 52 22
Balls bowled 7633 3677 19512 5582
Wickets 123 85 378 125
Bowling average 28.47 28.44 24.36 27.68
5 wickets in innings 6 0 20 6
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 4 n/a
Best bowling 6/74 4/29 7/53 4/29
Catches/stumpings 7/- 8/- 24/– 13/–
Source: [1], 6 August 2011

Rodney Malcolm Hogg (born 5 March 1951) is a former Victorian, South Australian and Australian cricketer. He was a fast bowler. Hogg played in 38 Tests and 71 ODIs between 1978 and 1985. In Tests he took 123 wickets at an average of 28.47.


  • Career 1
  • Post-playing career 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Hogg started out as a batsman before switching to be an aggressive fast bowler. He was not able to break into the Victoria side so he transferred to South Australia where he began his career in 1975–76. He first came to prominence for Australia during the 1978–79 Ashes home series versus England where Australians were without their frontline fast bowlers, such as Dennis Lillee, due to the World Series Cricket schism. Hogg filled the void taking 41 wickets at an average of 12.85 during the six-match series, including six wickets on debut in the first innings of the first Test.[1]

In 1979 Hogg was involved in an incident on the second day of the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore. After being no-balled 11 times in six overs, Hogg bowled a beamer, kicked down the stumps and stormed off the field. His captain Kim Hughes tendered an immediate apology to the umpire and persuaded Hogg to express his apologies also.

He toured India in the 1984-85 season.

During the 1984–85 season, Hogg was made the vice-captain of the national side. However Kim Hughes resigned the captaincy and both he and Hogg signed up for two rebel tours to South Africa in 1985–86 and 1986–87 during apartheid times. This gave him a three-year ban practically ending his international career. In 1984–85 Hogg returned to play for Victoria but only played two first class matches and two one day matches. That season he mostly played for the national team and he spent the following seasons in South Africa.

Post-playing career

After retirement from first class cricket, Hogg was a bowling coach for the Victorian team working alongside David Hookes. He is a now a corporate speaker and cricket commentator.

On Australia Day 2012 Hogg sparked a controversy when he posted an offensive tweet about Allah. He later removed the tweet and apologised, claiming it was just a bad attempt at Australian humour.[2]

Hogg's autobiography is titled The Whole Hogg - Inside the mind of a lunatic fast bowler. He said that former England captain Mike Brearley had a "degree in people". He also predicted in his The Truth newspaper column that then unknown leg spinner Shane Warne, who had not even played for Victoria at the time, would take 500 test wickets. Hogg said he was sacked from the column soon after. Warne finished his Test career with 708 wickets.[3]


  1. ^ "4th Test: 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Dec 1-6, 1978". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ Wu, Andrew (26 January 2012). "Hogg tweets Australia Day slur to Muslims".  
  3. ^ "Shane Warne Official Statistics". Retrieved 26 January 2012. 


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