Gilchrist backs Hogg to fill Warne~~s shoes

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:World Cup final hero Adam Gilchrist believes Brad Hogg's sensational run in cricket's showpiece tournament has made him a strong contender to replace spin wizard Shane Warne in the Test team after the latter's retirement.

The Aussie wicketkeeper who dashed Sri Lanka's hopes of a second World Cup victory said, ''Hogg has thrown himself back into contention for Test cricket.'' Hogg played his last Test match, four years back against Zimbabwe in Sydney.

Making a strong case for his inclusion in the Test squad, Gilchrist told The Australian, ''We have lost one of the greatest but we have a guy there who has stood up on the world stage again.

All credit to him.'' The Southpaw feels that at 36-year old Hogg must be in the running to fill in the vaccum created by Warne's retirement, particularly in view of Australia's off-season tours to India and Pakistan next year.

The Chinamen has developed a well disguised wrong'un that has castled the reputation of many batsmen in this World Cup. Hogg reaped an impressive haul of 21 wickets at 15.8 for the tournament and has been rewarded by including him in 25-member contracted list announced by Cricket Australia today.


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