Kolkata : Opening up about his astonishing comeback and fitness level at 45, Australian spinner Brad Hogg has said he gets a healthy dose of constant encouragement from his wife that keeps him going, but conceded he regrets quitting Test cricket after just seven outings.
Hogg is presently enjoying his Indian Premier League stint at Kolkata Knight Riders. “It’s good to be playing the game with someone who’s pushing you to go as far as you want. There’s talk about me when I’m going to stop and she just says play as long as you possibly can. We’re going to try get there to fifty,” Hogg said on Tuesday.
Having spent much time in the shadow of the legendary Shane Warne, Hogg had called it quits in 2008 after just seven Tests and 123 ODIs.
Hogg regretted his Test retirement and blamed it on his personal issues with his former wife. “I do regret retiring back in 2008. I had a Test berth for Australia at that stage but I had some personal issues with family and yes, I retired there. I wish I didn’t because the marriage did not survive. Luckily it did not because I met a new partner and she’s wonderful and someone who supports me.”
Elaborating on his fitness regime, he said: “Basically I try to do everything everyday. I try to have two days off but still doing something physical. I really have five days where I go really hard an hour and a bit, make sure I keep the fitness up. Once you stop, you lose it and I don’t want to lose it now.
‘Narine is a class act’
Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Brad Hogg praised teammate Sunil Narine, saying he is a class act. He also said that, they push each other to perform better. If Narine is drafted into the playing XI for KKR on Wednesday against Mumbai Indians, Hogg is likely to sit out. “It is a team game and we all play a part, and when we get our chance we have to do it right. It’s good having Sunil here too. We put pressure on each other to perform and it is good, respectful competition between us,” Hogg said at the pre-match media conference here on Tuesday.