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.

We all know Hoggy’s not afraid of going in at the deep end and that’s exactly what he’s about to do this summer. To raise vital funds for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a fantastic cricket development and HIV/AIDS charity, he’s set himself the tough challenge of completing four open-water swimming events, ranging from a half mile to 5km, between now and late August.

As we’re all aware, Hoggy is one of England’s finest Test bowlers – with 248 wickets, he’s ninth on the list of English wicket-takers, for example – but a new study conducted by the BBC’s Test Match Special statisticians shows him to be the very best we’ve ever had.

As you will have seen, the cricket world was rocked today by the sad news of the death of Richie Benaud. The Australian played 63 Tests, captaining the side on 28 occasions and losing none of his seven series at the helm.

England 2005 Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard is swapping his whites for a wetsuit to raise money for cricket development and HIV/AIDS charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB).