Sport Cricket Brad Hogg, 42, to go around again in Big Bash
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Brad Hogg, 42, to go around again in Big Bash

Brad Hogg: still going strong.
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Brad Hogg’s farewell tour shows no signs of winding up, with the veteran spinner signing up for another Big Bash League season with the Perth Scorchers.

The Scorchers on Sunday revealed Hogg as their final signing, extending the 42-year-old’s partnership with the franchise that helped relaunch his international career.

Hogg snaffled 13 wickets at an average of 14.69 in the maiden BBL season, a performance that resulted in selection for the Australia Twenty20 squad at the age of 40 and some four years after he first retired from the highest level.

Hogg only played two matches in Perth’s winless Champions League campaign in India earlier this year, but Scorchers coach Justin Langer suggested the legspinner would bring much-needed experience to the squad.

“Brad’s got that element of legspin that adds value to any team, but his energy at 42 is second to none,” Langer said.

“He’s still probably one of the fittest players in the squad and his experience is critical to us.

“He didn’t play much in India due to the balance of our team, but what I did notice in that last game was how valuable a leg-spin option is when you need to take wickets.

“Brad gives us that option, he’s still good in the field and he’s brilliant around the group.

“The example he sets as he goes about his business is a great lesson for our young players.”

The BBL final is on February 7 next year, one day after Hogg’s 43rd birthday.

Langer has no shortage of spin options to call on this season, with Ashton Agar and Michael Beer also on Perth’s books.

Perth’s season starts on December 22 with a grand final rematch against the Heat in Brisbane.