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KFC BBL|07

Hogg Heaps Praise On Turner

09 January 2018

Brad Hogg, an ex-Perth Scorchers player, dropped Ashton Turner on 16 runs // Getty Images

An ever-endearing and brutally honest Brad Hogg has admitted he "cost" his side a drought-breaking win against the Perth Scorchers, while heaping praise on former teammate Ashton Turner.

Turner on Monday posted a swashbuckling 70 off 32 balls to propel the Scorchers to a record-breaking run-chase at #TheFurnace that secured a five-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades. 

However, it was a win that defied the momentum of most of the night, with the Renegades having posted a commanding 3-185 and having the Scorchers wavering at 2-46.

Turner came to the crease and, in a moment that changed the direction of the game, was dropped on 16 by Hogg at third man.

Hogg then turned to acknowledge the cheering crowd, in a characteristically selfless engagement that has endeared him to fans across the country.

"Look, at the end of the day, it is what it is; I dropped the catch that cost us the game," Hogg said.

"You're going to have days like that - I had chocolates at the start and boiled lollies at the end.

"Hopefully we can turn things around and come back to the new stadium and take on the Scorchers and finally win one.

"At the end of the day, we all drop them, you're never happy when you drop them and I had nowhere to hide, so I had to turn around and sort of smile and carry on. 

"I've caught a lot of balls, but I've dropped a lot easier ones than that one."

Hogg, who departed the Scorchers for the Renegades ahead of KFC BBL|06, heaped praise on the efforts of Turner, saying the 24-year-old had the potential to one day captain his country.

"He's one that I think is capable of captaining Australia," Hogg said.

"I think he's got a very good cricket brain and I think he'd do a very good job, when Mitch Marsh is not here, captaining the State team as well."