Matthew Hoggard MBE is one of the most successful international cricketers to have played for England. He was captain of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, after leaving his home county of Yorkshire at the end of the 2009 season. At both counties he was a real success going on to play for England as a major strike bowler.

He was a vital member of the inspirational England side that won the epic 2005 Ashes series and has been a model of consistency throughout his test and ODI career, representing his country on 93 occasions.

With his international career at an end, Matthew had the opportunity to increase his profile within the media, releasing his book ‘Hoggy: Welcome to my world’ in 2009 and contributing regularly to the Independent’s website during England’s summer Test series against India in 2011. With energy and enthusiasm, Matthew is committed to making his career off the cricket field as long and successful as his career on the field.

Statisticians at BBC’s Test Match Special published research on Sunday 19th April 2015 that shows Matthew Hoogard to be England’s greatest ever Test bowler. The research looked at the calibre of every England bowler’s victims, rated by their Test averages, and found that Hoggy was a better bet than any of his compatriots for skittling the very best international batsmen out there. In fact BBC staff equated the accolade with the way in which boxers are sometimes described as the best “pound-for-pound”.