Rodney Hogg talks Australia’s Ashes success at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic

Rodney Hogg talks Australia’s Ashes success at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic SHOT: Former Australian cricketer Rodney Hogg at The Jack on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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SWING: Jack Newton in action during round one of his own event at Crowne Hunter Valley. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DRESSED UP: Jack Newton Celebrity Classic defending champion Matt Stieger. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Jack Newton Celebrity ClassicPictures: Jonathan CarrollRodney Hogg may not have scored a century at The Jack, but he still delivereda few cheekysledges off the course.

In the wake of Australia regaining the Ashes this week the former Test paceman reckons he strucksomeof his golf shots at Crowne Hunter Valley on Tuesday better than many of the touring English batsman have beenhitting cricket balls.

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“Malan’s played alright, Stoneman’s played pretty well, but I probably hit them a bit better than Moeen Ali,” Hogg said with a wry smile at the bar post round one.

It was all in the spirit of the annual Jack Newton Celebrity Classic,in the midst of edition No.39, with Hogg among other past sport stars such as Sir Ian Botham, professional golfers dressed up like pop star-turned-basketballer Jackie Moon, andtournament patron Bob Hawke, whocelebrated his 88thbirthday earlier this month.

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Reflecting on the urn returning Down Under, Jack debutant Hogg said the current bowling attack was one of the best ever to wear the Baggy Green cap while the visitors are struggling.

“Theyhaven’t been up to speed and we’redeveloping into a good side,” Hogg said.

“It’s one of the best attacks we’ve ever had just about. Lyon plus the three quicks [Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins].”

Hogg, who took 41 wickets in the Ashes of 1978-1979, now rates Mitchell Starc as one of the country’s top-three left-arm fast bowlers in history.

He believes the hosts can win bothupcoming Melbourne and Sydney matches and go onto complete the third 5-0 series whitewash against the Poms at home since 2006-2007.

Play at The Jack continues with round two on Wednesday afterthe previous night’s traditional sponsordinner, whichhelps toraise funds for junior golf and diabetes.

Elsewhere andformer US PGA tour player Nick Flanagan went on a birdie blitz to shoot eight-under on Tuesday and the Newcastle golfer sharesthe leadof the final Australasianqualifying school event for 2017.

The 33-year-old posted 10 birdies and two bogeys in the opening round to sitalongside Fijian Sam Lee at Moonah Linksin Melbourne.

Parramatta-based Novocastrian Aaron Townsend (-4) is four strokes back and tied for fifth. Fellow Hunter pair Leigh McKechnie (even) and Nathan Green (+1) were also in the mix at the four-day tournament.

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