Series against India is my last chance: Hogg

Sydney, Dec 7 (UNI) Desperate to be a permanenet member of the Australian Test team, left-arm spinner Brad Hogg said the upcoming series against India could very well be his make or break chance to don the baggy green in near future.

''At the end of the day, whatever way they go I can't complain.

I've had a couple of chances before, I'd like to get another one and this is the best time for me,'' Hogg said about the home series against India which begins on December 26 at Melbourne.

The 36-year-old chinaman also feels that he is bowling well to deserve another chance of proving his mettle in traditional format of the game, and what better way can it be, than doing it against India on the Boxing Day.

''You want to play Test cricket and to play in an event like a Boxing Day Test would be the icing on the cake for me and fantastic to be part of it,'' Hogg said.

He also sounded philosophical about his chances of making it to the squad, saying, ''If I don't get picked this time, I think I've run my race for Test cricket, but I won't give in.

''The selectors have probably already made up their minds, they just haven't told me or anyone. My ODI form probably won't make an impact on that, as you bowl differently in the two forms of the game.'' However, Hogg knows that a fine outing in the Chappell-Hadlee serise against New Zealand might give him the cherished Test spot.

''The form has been good, I have been happy with the way I have been bowling even if the last couple of innings I have not got any wickets.

''I am looking forward getting back into the green and gold again,'' he said.

After spin legend Shane Warne's retirement, Stuart McGill took over he void place in the spn department. However, he himself anointed Hogg as his successor after he suffered an injury, which made him out of contention for the start of the 'Down Under' series.

But Shaun Tait's explosive form, which saw him take a career best 7-29 for South Australia in the Pura Cup last weekend - and wildcard Victorian spinner Brad McGain - have given selectors a quandary ahead of December 26.

Although, Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has alredy said he would like to see a spinner in the team.

''I think Test cricket is generally better with a make-up of a quality spinner, particularly obviously going into a third, fourth, fifth day.'' UNI XC TB SSC SSC1401

Story first published: Friday, December 7, 2007, 16:53 [IST]
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