New Rules by ICC Have Not Changed the Chucking Factor: Brad Hogg

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By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | March 20, 2014 5:46 PM EST

Australia cricket players celebrate the dismissal of South Africa's AB de Villiers after he was caught out by Brad Hogg during the final of the T20 cricket test match in Centurion, March 14, 2014
Australia cricket players celebrate the dismissal of South Africa's AB de Villiers after he was caught out by Brad Hogg during the final of the T20 cricket test match in Centurion, March 14, 2014

Having a career span of over 20 years as a leg-spinner, Australia's veteran Brad Hogg expressed his concern about the dealing of authorities in regard to 'googly.' Hogg, who is now looking forward as a coach, expressed this thought several times, but not much action has been taken in this regard.

According to a report of Sydney Morning Herald, Hogg said, "I know it's a controversial subject, but being a spinner, that's the biggest thing that disappoints me in our game."

"There's no clarity. I'm bamboozled how some blokes are getting reported for it and others aren't."

"Then they go and get tested and all of a sudden they're fine. They're not tested under the rigours of playing out in the middle, when games are on the line."

"That's when you've got to be tested. You're either throwing or your not."

In 2004, International Cricket Council (ICC) changed the cricketing laws to allow bowlers to bend and then straighten their arm by up to 15 degrees. But the bowling actions showed that the bowlers actually straightened their arms by up to 12 degrees.

Hogg stated that the bowlers are trying to push their boundaries and will keep on doing it till one finds greater control in pace.

Hogg further said, "As a specialist spinner, the disappointing thing is we've probably had more people reported over the last couple of years since we've gone to 15 degrees."

"More people have had to go and get their actions diagnosed."

"You've changed the rules and things have gotten worse in that aspect of the game."

"We talk about it in the change rooms. If someone's got a suspect action [and wants to bowl the doosra], we laugh about it and my advice is to just do it. Everyone else is doing it."

"The rules have been bent to help bowlers of that nature, and I think we've gone too far that we can't come back."

"Australian kids are going to have to start doing it if we want to compete on the same stage."

However, Hogg refused to pinpoint the names involved in such actions, but he said that there are still some players who would like to adhere to the laws.

He said, "I'm not having a go at these players personally, they're all great people."

"It's just I want rules to be clear and correct."

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Australia cricket players celebrate the dismissal of South Africa's AB de Villiers after he was caught out by Brad Hogg during the final of the T20 cricket test match in Centurion, March 14, 2014
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