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Australian International Cricketer/ Speaker / Presenter / Commentator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Born in Narrogin Brad grew up on a farm near Williams (W.A.) and is a former pupil of Aquinas College, Perth. He made his first class cricket and domestic limited overs debut for Western Australian in February 1994. He was primarily a left arm wrist spinner (chinaman) bowler and a capable lower order left-hand batsman and excellent fielder.

When Brad commenced his first class career as a batsman at the age of 23 he had never bowled a 'Chinaman' delivery. Asked to bowl 'Chinamen' deliveries in the nets on his first appearance for W.A, due to the New South Wales selection of a 'Chinaman' bowler Fred Freedman, it instantly became apparent that there was an opportunity to add an extra dimension to his game.

Brad made his mark in the Australian One Day team replacing Shane Warne in 2003. He also represented Australia touring Sri Lanka and India in 1996, and then spent seven years in the wilderness, before returning to the team in 2003. No other Australian player has waited so long between matches.

Brad is the seventh most successful One Day bowler for Australia and in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups was second only to Muralitharan as the most successful spin bowler. During 2007 World Cup Brad beat Andrew Flintoff (England) with two consecutive 'Wrong 'Uns' with the second delivery resulting in Flintoff being given out stumped.

As a member of Australia's victorious 2003 and 2007 World Cup teams he is one of only 15 players to have won the Cup more than once.

Brad played in 123 One Day Internationals and 7 test matches for Australia, with the highlight being the 'flipper' that bowled Andy Flower in the 2003 World Cup game against Zimbabwe. In his book 'Walking to Victory' Adam Gilchrist described it as "one of the balls of the tournament."

Brad also represented Western Australia from 1994 to 2008 and spent a season with Warwickshire in the 2004 County season in which they won the championship.

Famed for his excitable and likable character, Brad found it hard to stay quiet or sit down for more than 30 seconds and was usually found in the thick of the team pranks with his guilty grin giving him away every time.  Many a good prank was also played on Hoggy, which he shares in abundance with his audience as a public speaker.

Brad retired from professional cricket in 2008 where he pursued many commentary, media, and ambassadorial roles for his beloved sport of Cricket. 

 

Four years later, at 40 years of age, Brad resurrected his career by joining the Perth Scorchers in the 2011/2012 Big Bash League.  Largely dubbed ‘The Pensioners’ by national media in the leadup to the Scorchers debut, Brad and the team stole the show at No. 1 on the Ladder, and a WACA home Final, which they narrowly lost to the Melbourne Stars.  Worthy rivals, both teams firmed their positions at the 2012 Champions League in South Africa. 

 

On the back of this success, in 2012  Brad was asked to play for his country once again – an honour he will never forget.  In the week following the Big Bash Final, Brad once again donned the green & gold in two 20/20 matches against India at the Sydney Olympic Stadium, and the MCG – with record crowds of over 65,000 in attendance, followed by inclusion in the Australian team at the T20 World Cup.

 

Over the next four years he soon became a T20 specialist and was signed to many prestigious international tournaments around the world -  Sylhet Royals (Bangladesh Premier League), Cape Cobras (South African Mi-Way T20 League) Rajasthan Royals (Indian IPL), Wayamba Wolves (Sri Lankan T20), Antigua Hawksbills (Carribean League) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (2015 & 2016 Indian Premier League).. 

 

In 2013/14 and 2014/15  the Perth Scorchers won back  to back Final Titles in the BBL.  After the failed 'Three-peat' campaign in 2015/16 Hogg hung up the orange and traded to The Melbourne Renegades for the 2016/17 season - at 45+ years of age.    Hogg shows no sign of slowing down and has a mantra to play to 50 years of age at the highest level he possibly can.  One thing is for sure, he'll keep turning up, ready for the job!

 

Brad's career has had many highs and lows, but his persistence, work ethic and belief in himself has won the respect of his peers and his audience. Off field Brad is the father of two daughters, and is happily settled with his wife Cheryl and family in Perth, Western Australia.  on 31 October 2016 his book 'The Wrong'Un' was released which gave an insight in to the happy-go-lucky man we see on the field, that had never been seen before.

He enjoys life in the media as a commentator, presenter and radio co-host.  He is a much sought after speaker for corporate and sporting events.  See 'Corporate Bio' tab  on the header above for a detailed bio and speaker offerings.

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