County - Ashes hero Hoggard announces retirement

Former Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard has announced he is to retire from first-class cricket at the end of this season.

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Hoggard helped to bowl England to a historic victory over Australia in 2005 - their first Ashes series success since 1986/87.

The ex-Yorkshire seamer played in 67 Tests, and appeared 93 times for England in all, and also went on to captain Leicestershire after leaving Headingley.

He announced on his own website that, at the age of 36, he will conclude his 17-year career on September 21 after Leicestershire's LV= County Championship match against Hampshire.

Hoggard said: "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.

"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, named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2006, finished with 248 Test victims and is still eighth in the all-time list of England's most prolific wicket-takers.

Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall said: "Everyone at Leicestershire wishes Matthew and his family the very best for the future following his retirement.

"He has had a massive influence at the club during the four years he has been here, not least captaining the county to its third T20 Trophy win at Edgbaston in August 2011.

"His wicked sense of humour and Yorkshire wit will be missed by all."

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