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Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard has announced he will be retiring from first-class cricket at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that he will bring the curtain down on a career that has spanned 17 years and included plenty of memorable moments.
Hoggard starred in the 2005 Ashes series victory over Australia, England’s first success over the old enemy since 1986/87, and made a total of 93 appearances for his country, 67 of them in Test matches.
After leaving Yorkshire, Hoggard went on to captain Leicestershire and will bow out after their LV= County Championship match against Hampshire on September 21.
“I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire County Cricket Clubs for the support and dedication they have shown me over the course of my career,” Hoggard said.
“Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side is a dream that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares.
“I feel truly honoured to have been given such incredible opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside for the past 17 years.”
Hoggard picked up 248 Test wickets during his spell with the Three Lions and is still eighth in the all-time list of England’s most prolific wicket-takers.