Former England seamer Hoggard retires

Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard has announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Hoggard's career spanned 17 years, which included 67 Tests and 26 ODIs between 2000 and 2008.

The right-armer secured 248 Test match wickets, with an innings best seven for 61 achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2005 – and received an MBE for his role in the England's Ashes success in the same year.

"I would like to thank everybody that has played a part in making it such an enjoyable career. I will remember you fondly. It has been an amazing journey, filled with some fantastic experiences, shared with great people, but time has come to hang the boots up," tweeted Hoggard.

Hoggard then said in a statement: "I want to thank all of my family, friends, my past opponents, the PCA and both Yorkshire and Leicestershire County Cricket Clubs for the support and dedication that they have shown me over the course of my career.

"Playing cricket professionally and, of course, playing as part of the national side is a dream that nearly every young boy growing up in Yorkshire shares.

"I feel truly honoured to have been given such incredible opportunities and I am grateful to everyone that I have worked alongside for the past 17 years."

Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall said of the paceman: "Everyone at Leicestershire wishes Matthew and his family the very best for the future following his retirement.

"He has had a massive influence at the Club during the four years he has been here, not least captaining the County to its third T20 Trophy win at Edgbaston in August 2011. His wicked sense of humour and Yorkshire wit will be missed by all."