Hoggy looks forward to the 2012 season

Currently in Barbados on a pre season tour with the Leicestershire County squad, captain Matthew Hoggard MBE is excited about the prospect of a successful 2012 season.

"We still have a young squad but it's exciting times. The bad year we had [last year] will stand us in good stead. Nobody likes losing but we gained lot of experience and hopefully we can get a good start."

The former England bowler who took 240 test wickets for England between 2000 and 2008 will be joined at Leicestershire by former Kent fast bowler Robbie Joseph and experienced West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Hoggard has recovered from an operation on a shoulder injury over the close season, and is determined he will be prepared for the new season:

"I have been bowling for the last three weeks so hopefully my shoulder will be good enough to start the season and I am fully confident it will be," he added.