Ponting hails Hogg

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -

Brad Hogg is bowling at the peak of his powers, according to Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who is elated with the left-arm wrist spinner's form at the World Cup.

Hogg's happy knack of taking important wickets continued against Sri Lanka on Monday when, after a third wicket stand of 140 between skipper Mahela Jayawardene (72) and Chamara Silva (64), the former postman removed both men.

Hogg also held his nerve after being attacked early on to finish with an economical two for 35 from his 10 overs.

Hogg, who rose to prominence at the 2003 World Cup after Shane Warne's shock withdrawal for a doping offence, now stands fifth in this tournament's bowling averages with 15 wickets at an average of just over 17 apiece.

This compares well with a haul of 13 at 24 during the last edition in southern Africa.

" I always felt he was going to be our best wicket-taking option which is why I kept him going," Ponting said. -Sapa-AFP

l For the Proteas and England's match see later editions of Sowetan.