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Matthew Hoggard

Hoggard finally became a Yorkshire regular in the 2000 season, although he had made his debut in 1996 as a 19-year-old.

In 2000 he made his England debut against West Indies and helped England secure a famous victory at Lord’s but he did not feature again that summer.

The 2001 home season was difficult for Hoggard as injuries restricted his appearances but he did help Yorkshire to the County Championship.

The breakthrough for him at Test level came that winter against India when Hoggard took the most England wickets with nine at an average of 31. In the following New Zealand tour he claimed 17 victims.

Hoggard featured in every Test of 2002 and was rewarded with a man-of-the-match award and seven wickets in the second at Edgbaston

The 2003 World Cup was a disappointment for Hoggard as although a member of the squad he did not feature in a game, and then he tore a cartilage in a Yorkshire one-day game and missed most of the season.

He returned for the pre-Christmas tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka but it was after the New Year in West Indies that Hoggard’s career really began to take off.

He took 13 wickets as England beat West Indies 3-0 in the Test series and his impressive form continued throughout the summer of 2004.

Six wickets in the second Test on his home ground of Headingley helped England whitewash New Zealand 3-0 before he took 10 more in the first two Tests against West Indies.

Four more followed in the third Test and he also highlighted the improvement in his batting with scores of 23 and 38 in the final two Tests to help England win the series 4-0.

Matthew Hoggard

The winning run in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge

He was the leading wicket-taker in the series against South Africa that winter which proved enough to earn a recall to the one-day side after a two-year absence.

He was ever-present during England’s record run of Test match success in 2004 and glorious summer of seven successive Test victories, against New Zealand and West Indies.

His five-wicket haul in the first innings of the fourth Test restricted South Africa to an eight-run lead and then he almost single-handedly ripped through their top-order, taking the first six wickets to fall, and returned to claim the final wicket of Dale Steyn with only 8.3 overs remaining in the day.

He ended with figures of 7-61 and his overall return of 12-205 was the best individual bowling performance by an Englishman since Ian Botham against India 25 years earlier.

The summer of 2005 began promisingly, with Hoggard helping England humble Bangladesh by taking seven wickets in the two-Test npower series.

He saved his best until last against Australia in the Ashes, dismissing openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden to hand England the initiative in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.

And he was there at the death as he and Ashley Giles guided England to a dramatic three-wicket win. Never had an innings of eight not out been so important.

In the final Test, at the Brit Oval, his figures of 4-97 helped swing the balance of power England's way and went a long way to securing the draw that realised the dream of regaining the Ashes.

Hoggard finished the year in style with an MBE after monumental efforts throughout 2005.

Matthew Hoggard

Hoggard took a seven-wicket haul in India © Getty Images

England began 2006 with a tour of India, with Hoggard producing one of his best performances.

In conditions not suited to his style of bowling, Hoggard ripped through India's top-order in the first innings in Nagpur and claimed 6-57 to secure a 70-run lead.

Hoggard was named man of the match and his performance saw him climb to a career-best fourth in the world rankings.

The Yorkshireman failed to find his best form during England's summer series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and he was left out of the one-day series against both countries and the ICC Champions Trophy squad.

He was awarded an ECB 12-month central contract until the end of the 2007 season and played in the first four Tests of the 2006/07 Ashes series before missing the final match with a side strain.

The seamer worked tirelessly against Australia’s classy batting line up, recording figures of 7-109 in the first innings of the second Test on a lifeless pitch in Adelaide.

He was selected in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2007 World Cup, but overlooked for the final 15.

He played in 10 of Yorkshire's county championship matches in 2007, picking up 32 wickets and topping their bowling averages. He also chipped in with 121 runs, including an innings of 61.

Hoggard was awarded a benefit by Yorkshire for the 2008 season in recognition of his services to the county, and was also given a 12-month central contract by England for the 2007-08 season.

However, he was not selected to play for England at all that summer, instead plying his trade for Yorkshire.

He picked up 42 wickets in 13 championship games and took six wickets in his nine Twenty20 matches.

Hoggard bettered that tally by one in 2009, including a hat-trick against Sussex, but he only made three limited-overs appearances.

Having turned down a new contract at the start of the summer, he was released at the end of the campaign and joined Leicestershire as captain on a three-year contract.