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Hogg targets 50th, another BBL campaign

03 October 2017

Martin Smith, in Ranchi


Martin Smith, in Ranchi


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Veteran spinner Brad Hogg is eyeing off yet another KFC BBL campaign this season as he aims to push his playing days into his 50th year.

And the proud Western Australian has revealed one of his major goals is to play at the brand new 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, which will be opened next year.

Hogg, 46, is uncontracted for the upcoming summer after his one-year deal with the Melbourne Renegades expired earlier this year, but he's confident he can sign on and compete in his 21st domestic season.

The spinner's first task is to prove his fitness after recently undergoing knee surgery but with clubs having until December 8 to sign players, the two-time World Cup winner has time to pick up a new contract.

Hogg quick to make an impact

And he's repeated his desire to achieve the rare feat of playing on until his 50th birthday.

"I just want to play," Hogg told "I don't care where and who wants me, as long as I'm delivering and enjoying it.

"I want to crack the 50 mark. If the body holds up, the body holds up. If it doesn't, it doesn't. If batsmen get on top of me and start belting me out of the team, so be it.

"I want to finish my career playing the Big Bash."

With still more than two months until each franchise has to finalise their 18-player squads, each club bar Melbourne Stars has vacancies on their list and there's no doubt Hogg - who took eight wickets at 29 last season at an economy rate of 7.2 - would be in demand if he's fit.

Currently in a rehabilitation phase after having surgery on his left knee, Hogg remains otherwise in good physical condition and says he doesn't expect to be given any leeway despite his age.

"I'm fully fit, there's nothing wrong with my endurance," he said. "It's just being able to run at 100 per cent.

"I am getting old. I feel young but the left knee just said 'hey old fella, your mind might be 21 but I'm 46. So pull your head in a bit'.

"It doesn't matter what the scenario is, if I can't train and keep up with the other players, that's a sign for me to pull out. If I'm playing, I've got to do the hard yards like everyone else. I don't want that easy way out (because) I'm old.

"There's certain things where you've got to be smart about it. But when there's a hard training session, I've got to be in there and amongst it with the others."

Hogg takes three cruical wickets

While a return to the Perth Scorchers appears unlikely after his acrimonious split with them last year, Hogg says he's desperate to play at least one game at the new Perth Stadium, which is expected to host BBL games from the 2018-19 season.

"The biggest goal is to play at the new ground in Perth," he said.

"Coming from Perth, being there for 27 years and seeing that new stadium come up is exciting. I wish they got the Ashes Test there because it's going to be something special."

About the Writer

Martin Smith is a writer for He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.