The often under-rated Yorkshire swing specialist reached the landmark when he caught and bowled Farveez Maharoof on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lordâ€™s here on Saturday and went on to finish with innings figures of four for 27 from 14 overs as the tourists were made to follow-on.
â€œThere was a little bit of movement and it was nice to get into that elite group,â€ the 29-year-old Hoggard, playing his 52nd Test, told reporters after stumps. However, he admitted: â€œI felt like a bag of spanners in the first innings. It (the ball) didnâ€™t come out right,â€ he added.
There was a time when it looked as if Hoggard, criticised early in his international career for being one-dimensional and lacking pace, might lose his spot in the Test side. But Englandâ€™s 2004 tour of the West Indies saw the self-deprecating seamer take a leading role, including a hat-trick in the Barbados Test.
However, he admitted it needed some straight talking from his Yorkshire teammate and England captain Michael Vaughan, currently sidelined with a knee injury, to set him on the road to success.
â€œI didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d go on the West Indies tour. But Michael Vaughan put it to me in laymanâ€™s terms that I was sweeping up the shop floor and keeping things tidy for the rest of the bowlers. Iâ€™m very happy in that role. Itâ€™s good to have quality fast bowlers at the other end,â€ said Hoggard who, having played alongside the likes of fellow Yorkshireman Darren Gough and Durhamâ€™s Stephen Harmison, is currently one of the senior figures in Englandâ€™s injury-hit attack.
â€œThe batsmen donâ€™t want to face them but the â€˜dibbly-dobblerâ€™ at the other end and take me too lightly, I think,â€ said Hoggard, an ever-present in Englandâ€™s last 30 Tests.
Looking ahead to the prospect of becoming only the fourth England bowler to take 300 Test wickets, Hoggard said: â€œIt would be lovely to get there but Iâ€™m not a massive stats man. But sitting here on my (Test) debut in 2000, sat on the balcony chewing my bat handle off and watching while we made the runs to beat the West Indies, I wouldnâ€™t have dreamed of getting 200 wickets let alone getting it at Lordâ€™s where I startedâ€.
Hoggard also paid tribute to the influence of former England bowling coach Troy Cooley, who earlier this year returned to his native Australia to take up a similar position with Englandâ€™s arch-rivals.
â€œHeâ€™s a been a big inspiration and a big help to me over the years. He was a great asset to English cricket but hopefully he wonâ€™t replicate what heâ€™s done here with Australia,â€ he said.
Source:The NewsMore on:england, Matthew Hoggard, Sri Lanka in England 2006
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