Hogg Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Melbourne, Feb 27:
Australia face a spin bowling crisis with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg announcing his retirement from international cricket, bringing the curtains down on his brief career.

The 37-year-old Hogg, who was regarded more as a one-day specialist, cited "personal reasons" for his decision to quit the game after the ongoing cricket tri-series.

After the legendary Shane Warne announced his retirement, Hogg had become a regular in the Australian team since leg-spinner Stuart MacGill was recuperating after a hand surgery last year.

Hogg, who was at the centre of a controversy for abusing Indian players during the ill-tempered Test series, played only seven Tests and captured 17 wickets since making his debut against India in Delhi in 1996.

He also featured in 121 games one-day internationals and claimed 154 wickets for an average of 26.73.

The best-of-three tri-series finals against India would be his last international appearance, which means he will leave the game along with wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist.

"I've had a fantastic time playing cricket for Australia and Western Australia. To represent our country and make a living out of cricket is one of the most joyous things you can have," Hogg told a crowded press conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I respect the game, I respect what it's given me and I'm thankful for that," he said.

With MacGill's return to the international cricket being still doubtful, the Australians will have to now rely on young and untested spinners. 


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