Memorable, unpredictable and often hilarious, The Wrong ’Un is the inspirational story of a man who will never give the game away.
At 45, George Bradley Hogg – cult hero of the Big Bash League, and in recent years a star of the international T20 circuit – is still in his prime.
From his childhood cricket obsession in rural Western Australia to the day he donned the baggy green, Brad overcame numerous setbacks and bouts of self-doubt. During a seven-year gap between his first and second Test appearances, he turned his hand to a variety of jobs, most famously hitting the streets as a postie. Through persistence and enthusiasm he won his way back into the national team, and was twice part of Australia’s champion World Cup sides. After retiring prematurely in 2008, he returned with a bang in 2011, starring in the BBL and once again being selected for Australia.
For the first time, Brad reveals his remarkable journey – from the bush to the MCG and beyond, and from crippling insecurity to hard-won self-acceptance – all with the self-deprecating humour and honesty for which he is known and loved.
About the Author
Greg Growden started writing about rugby union in 1981, and since 1987 has been the chief rugby correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. This is his eighth book. His biography of 'Chuck' Fleetwood-Smith, A Wayward Genius, was described by The Guardian's Frank Keating as being among the 100 best sporting books of the twentieth century
"Ever ready to take on a challenge, and boundless energy – that's Brad Hogg for me" – Sachin Tendulkar
"I can't stress how important blokes like Hoggy are to the psyche of a cricket team on tour. Sometimes, their off-field selflessness and good humour can be just as important for a team's progress as a hundred made on the park." – Ricky Ponting
"Many sportsmen are geniuses at hiding their frailties, camouflaging their weaknesses. Not Brad. He is so brutally honest, and so open. His eagerness that the reader discovers the real George Bradley Hogg, warts and all, takes a lot of guts. He is still that innocent, excitable, can't keep still country boy with an often self-deprecating sense of humour. He has basically told me everything ... and I mean everything. Good and bad." – Greg Growden