‘Langer pinned me up against locker in changing room’, Brad Hogg recalls incident that changed his career

Hogg represented Australia in 7 Tests, 123 ODIs and 15 T20Is.

Brad Hogg | APAll forms of international and domestic cricket have been suspended since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.

The deadly outbreak has allowed former, current cricketers to reflect on their careers and thus every now and then fans get to hear an interesting anecdote.

Recently, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg recalled how once teammate Justin Langer pinned him against a locker to give him a wake up call.

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“I toured with Australia in ’96. Two years later, I was in the dressing rooms at WA [Western Australia]. I’d just been dropped by the state team, I was carrying on like a pork chop. He pinned me up against the locker in the changing room and said ‘Mate, you’ve got to pull your head in, otherwise you’re going to lose your cricketing career very quickly. Go home and look at yourself in the mirror.’ That was probably the biggest moment in my career,” Hogg said while speaking on Cricket Badger Podcast.

He also admitted that Langer’s words helped him re-evaluate his relationship with then WA skipper Tom Moody.

“During that period I wasn’t really having a connectedness with Tom Moody,” Hogg said. “I was blaming him for certain things, and when I went home and looked at myself in the mirror I started to get some home truths.

"I went for a run that night and sat on a park bench sort of in tears, just realising what I had done, throwing the opportunity away. It took me 18 months to get back in that state team and [five] years to get back for Australia. I had lost my core values of being a team man and I became selfish. Luckily, I had the opportunity to get back on the right path.”

Brad Hogg represented Australia in 7 Tests, 123 ODIs and 15 T20Is, claiming 17, 156 and 7 wickets respectively.


By Salman Anjum - 21 Jun, 2020

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