He was called up for two Twenty20 games against India in Sydney and Melbourne in February, and even though he claimed only two wickets in the series, Hogg was picked for the World Twenty20, which begins next week.
“There are always surprises in life,” Hogg told reporters in Colombo on Thursday night. “If you work hard and take the opportunities when they come, you make the most of those opportunities.
“I didn’t know I’d play for Australia again when I went to witness the Test in Perth early this year and selectors came up and asked if I was interested.
“I wasn’t going to say no. I remember I got back home straight after that Test and I wanted to make sure that I was in peak condition.”
But he admits there’s banter within the squad over his senior status. “Some of the lads could be old enough to be my sons,” Hogg said.