Hogan returns for Glamorgan as Sisodiya features for first time

19 Jun 2018 | Matches
Head Coach Robert Croft has named a 12-man squad to face Derbyshire in the Specsavers County Championship at St. Helen\'s.

Red-ball skipper Michael Hogan is included in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that saw the Australian miss the second half of the county's Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and the four-day defeat to Warwickshire last week. Batsman Kiran Carlson is also included after wrapping up his studies at Cardiff University for the summer.  

Glamorgan Pathway Player Prem Sisodiya makes his maiden appearance in Glamorgan’s first-team squad. Cardiff-born Sisodiya began playing at local team Cardiff Cricket Club. The left-arm spinner also featured for England under-19's in their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign earlier this year. 

After their defeat to Warwickshire away at Edgbaston, Glamorgan now prepare for back-to-back home games against Derbyshire at St. Helen's and Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens Cardiff. Returning skipper Hogan has been frustrated not to contribute but is looking forward to leading the county again. 

"We want to win every game," said Hogan. "Derbyshire have been playing well this year and have got an experienced line-up. I suppose they don't have too many test players but they have experience and have players in form so it'll be tough for us this week. 

"I don't think there's real pressure on us at this moment in time. It is a what if scenario, but if we had got over the line against Leicestershire then would be sitting third in the table and we'd be having a different conversation about the pressure on us."

The experienced seamer believes the squad are learning through experience despite a frustrating run of results. 

"I think there were some good things to take away from the Warwickshire game,” added Hogan. 

“The one-day tournament was a source of frustration for us with some key injuries and I suppose it's been a common theme where there have been games that we could and should have won. 

"It has been a learning experience for the boys but I'm sure that we'll be better for it as the season goes on. 

"We said at the start of the season that we're looking to build a team for the future, so we have quite a young squad for this week again. It's experience for a few boys but we are looking for more consistency across the board."

Glamorgan have called Prem Sisodiya to the first-team after impressing this year for the seconds and Hogan has been impressed with the 19-year-old and hopes he can take his opportunity if selected tomorrow. 

"We've brought in young Prem Sisodiya and he's been involved in the England under 19's setup and done really well for our second XI over the last few weeks so we like what he offers with both bat and ball," continued Hogan. 

"He's been pushing and all the reports coming back from Steve Watkin and Adrian Shaw in our second team is that he handles himself very well. He's taken wickets and scored plenty of runs so it's good to pick players who are in form and if he gets his opportunity I hope he can do well for us." 

Glamorgan 12-man squad to face Derbyshire: Hogan (C), Lloyd, Selman, Khawaja, Murphy, Carlson, Morgan, Salter, Cooke, Carey, Sisodiya, Lawlor