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Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Kyle Hogg keen to reignite three-dimensional cricketing reputation

By Ross McLean

Lancashire all-rounder Kyle Hogg wants to play a starring role this season in all formats of the game and reignite his reputation as a three-dimensional cricketer.

The 29-year-old grandson of West Indian legend Sonny Ramadhin is a one-day veteran for the Red Rose having made his one-day and Twenty20 debut in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Hogg though has seen opportunities in limited overs cricket restricted in recent seasons, admitting the shorter form of the game has changed considerably since was a regular performer.

“I have played over 100 one-dayers already, which is more than a lot of the lads,” he said.

“But the game has changed so much, it is totally different than when I started.

“Now, if you land six balls on a length, three of them are going out of the park.

“It’s good I have not been involved so I can see what is going on and don’t have the mental scars of being hit around the ground in Twenty20 cricket.”

It has been a deliberate tactic of the Old Trafford management to keep Hogg fresh for Championship cricket, which worked a treat in 2011 when Lancashire were crowned county champions.

He only played nine matches that year with the white ball, yet managed a career-best haul of 50 wickets in the longer form of the game.

However, with so much play washed out last year due to the inclement weather, Hogg believes this had a detrimental effect as he was left short of overs.

“In 2011, with the amount of overs we were bowling in the Championship, it is then very hard to play one-day games on the back of four-day matches,” he added.

“But last year, with the amount of rain and how little we got onto the field, it felt like every match was the first of the season.

“Any bowler, even a spinner, needs to get a rhythm and bowl regularly throughout the season.

“Every game last year, because it was rain affected, we didn’t get that. It was a really weird season.”

Only James Anderson, Glen Chapple and Simon Katich have clocked up more List A matches than Hogg in the Lancashire squad.

And the Birmingham-born seamer is keen to reassert himself in the Old Trafford one-day line-up, with half an eye on maximising various limited over opportunities around the globe.

“Two years ago I enjoyed just concentrating on four-day cricket,” he said.

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