When dismissing Sam Northeast last week at Canterbury during Glamorgan's victory against Kent in the Specsavers County Championship, Michael Hogan joined a small and quite exclusive club of Australian-born players to have claimed over 500 wickets in first-class cricket yet never played in Test cricket for their country.
The Leicestershire “spin-twins” of Jack Walsh and Vic Jackson were the first to achieve this feat, with Walsh – a left-arm spinner – claiming 1,190 wickets in first-class cricket for the East Midlands side and New South Wales between 1937 and 1956, whilst Jackson claimed 965 with his off-breaks during the same period.
Bill Alley “joined” this club during the 1960s with the all-rounder claiming 768 wickets whilst playing for Somerset and New South Wales between 1945/46 and 1968. Prior to Hogan, the club’s most recent member was Steve Magoffin, with the fast bowler having taken over 500 wickets for Western Australia, Queensland, Surrey, Worcestershire and Sussex, with his tally currently standing at 581.
The image above shows Hogan completing his ten-wicket match haul at Canterbury by having tail-ender Imran Qayyum caught behind by wicket-keeper Chris Cooke. It also proved to be both Hogan's last ball and Glamorgan's final delivery of a season which saw the red-ball bowler take his first-class tally to 503.
(with thanks to Ric Finlay of Tastats)