Sydney: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting says leg-spinner Brad Hogg will be a better and more confident bowler in Wednesday's second Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hogg, singled out as a weakness by the Indian team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, responded with four match wickets, including Sourav Ganguly twice, in Australia's huge 337-run victory inside four days.
The Postman, as is Hogg referred in Aussie dressing room, delighted Ponting and his team-mates with his clever use of the flipper or faster ball which brought Ganguly undone.
The left-arm wrist-spinner played a sizeable role in demolishing the tourists for sub-200 totals in both innings.
Hogg's performance and his unbeaten 35 in the second innings with sixes off Indian spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh has guaranteed him a further match in Sydney and clouded the Test future of injured leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.
After weathering an early onslaught from Sachin Tendulkar on day two, Hogg regained composure and became a dependable option for Ponting, suffocating the Indian batsmen with a full length, and befuddling them with his wrong'un.
"Gilly (vice-captain Adam Gilchrist) and I spoke in the first innings about Hoggy and the way the Indian batsmen were looking to be really aggressive and positive against him," Ponting said after Saturday's win.
"We wanted to be able to keep him on and be able to manufacture a couple of wickets for him. We kept him on, hoping he could get a few wickets and get a bit of confidence.
"He did that in the first innings and he knocked Ganguly over with one of the best flippers you'll ever see and he got Yuvraj (Singh) with another great flipper.
"There's no doubt he's got a lot of confidence out of this game and I think you will see a better and different bowler when we go to Sydney."
Indian skipper Kumble, who declared before the match his team's intention to go after Hogg, was complimentary of the West Australian's efforts.
"He bowled well," the leg spinner said. "The conditions and situations we were in probably meant we could not go after Brad Hogg. He did bowl well, and credit to the way he bowled."
Hogg, 36, playing his first Test in four years, has now taken 13 wickets in five Tests at 45.00 and looking for more wickets on the renowned SCG "turner" later this week.