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This time 10 years ago, the England cricket team were embarking upon what seemed like the impossible. The 2005 Ashes test series was predicted to be a whitewash in the Aussie’s favour, and English hopes were all but crushed when England lost the First Test by 239 runs. The team rallied and mounted a spirited comeback to triumph 2-1 in one of the closest fought series on record.

Hoggy has just one swim left to go after finishing the Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays. The Ashes-winning star has already completed two swims in the Great Swim Series, which sees 20,000 swimmers compete in five events across the UK in rivers, lakes and urban docks.

Matthew Hoggard was one of the guest presenters on today’s edition of ‘Colin Murray and Friends’ on talkSPORT. Alongside comedian Paul Sinha, the trio discussed all the latest sporting news and spoke to callers about their opinions.

As many of you will be aware, Hoggy is right behind Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a wonderful cricket development and HIV/AIDS charity which has delivered more than 50 projects in nine countries, coached over 130,000 children and trained over 3,000 cricket coaches. And this summer he’s taking on four open water swims to raise vital funds for the organisation.

As we all know, everything Hoggy takes on he meets with commitment, so it is a great pleasure to congratulate him on completing the first leg of a tough summer-long challenge, The Great North Swim on Lake Windermere on Sunday 14th June.

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