Once bitten, twice shy.
Brad Hogg says he will never announce another retirement.
Hogg never really came to terms with life after cricket when he bowed out of the game in 2008.
The 43-year-old realises at some stage in the near future he will have to go through it all again, and a diverse range of interests that now include a part-time coaching gig with Cricket Australia will help.
But as Hogg prepares for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh after an unexpected recall, he’s happy just enjoying the latest twist in a colourful career.
“When we were in India for the T20 Champions League last year, JL (Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer) and I were having some candid conversations about whether I should play the Big Bash again,” Hogg told AAP.
“That’s how close the end is, and that’s a great thing because I know every game is potentially my last.
“I’m keen to play the next Big Bash season … I thought the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka two years ago was going to be my last go at international level.
“So never say never. I’m never going to announce a retirement again.”
It’s a mindset you’d expect from Hogg, whose lust for life is legendary.
He gets bored quickly, and hates sitting still.
When Hogg is forced to talk instead of act, his wit is dry and there is a seemingly never-ending supply of dad jokes.
“It was very hard. I would have liked to have a surf, but we’re not allowed to,” Hogg recalled of the recent abandoned T20 clash in Port Elizabeth where it rained non-stop all day.
“And there’s no point going out in the sea when it’s raining, too wet for that.”
The team jester – or pest depending on who he is sitting next to – is one of many sides to Hogg.
There’s also the thinker with profound theories on many issues in cricket, the tongue-out wrist-spinner who claimed 156 one-day international wickets and won two World Cups.
Then there’s geriatric Hogg, the oldest man to play cricket for Australia since Clarrie Grimmett in 1936.
Hogg has no concerns that people are talking more about his age than his average of 24.77 in the recent BBL season.
“I love it,” Hogg said.
“Hopefully it drives people in the world, showing that you’re never too late to succeed.
“Look at Kelly Slater, he’s an absolute legend in the surfing world and 42 years old.”
Hogg won’t be able to match the feats of 11-time world champion Slater.
But he’s doing everything in his power to make his likely international swansong a successful one.
“I still learn things from James Muirhead. He’s got his own own theories on spin bowling and you have to listen to Gen Y,” he said.
“We had the king (Shane Warne) help out (before the recent T20 series in South Africa).
“The way he mentally approached batsmen is different to me, hopefully I can add his knowledge to my bowling.”
Hogg grew up on a farm, was a shearer then a postman and made his first-class debut as a batsman along the way.
More than 20 years on, one thing has remained constant – Hogg’s love of cricket and sense of privilege.
“You think of the tedious, laborious jobs that people do. They’d love to be in my shoes, so I’m just really grateful,” he said.
No wonder the left-arm tweaker is in no hurry to retire.