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|Full name||Bradley John Hodge|
29 December 1974 |
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off spin|
|Role||Specialist middle-order batsman|
|Test debut (cap 394)||17 November 2005 v West Indies|
|Last Test||22 May 2008 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 154)||3 December 2005 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||17 October 2007 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||17|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–2010||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2011||Kochi Tuskers Kerala|
|Source: CricketArchive, 24 June 2013|
Bradley John Hodge (born 29 December 1974) is an Australian and Victorian cricketer. He attended St. Bede's College in Mentone, Victoria. He is a right-handed batsman who bats in the middle order, as well as a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler.
Hodge was a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket, holding the records for the most runs (5,597) and most centuries (20) in Australian interstate one-day matches. He is also Victoria's highest ever run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield (10,474 runs). However, his opportunities to represent Australia were limited to six Tests and 25 one-day internationals (ODIs).
Hodge debuted for the Victorian Bushrangers as a 19-year-old, and was nicknamed "Glovelick" by Dean Jones for the fact that he shared a bunkbed with his brother at the time of his debut. He was also called "Bunkie" for the same reason.
Hodge has played with County Cricket teams Durham, Lancashire, and Leicestershire - where he made his highest first class score of 302*. During his time at Leicestershire, he was accused of cheating by then-Derbyshire captain, Dominic Cork, by claiming a catch although it appeared that he had stepped over the boundary rope in a Twenty20 match in June 2003. Hodge denied the accusation.
Hodge scored many runs for Victoria, and his consistency came together by the 2000–01 season, where he was consistently overlooked for selection, despite being one of Australia's premier domestic batsmen. He has argued he was the victim of New South Wales selection bias.
On 21 November 2007, playing for Victoria against Queensland, Hodge made his highest Pura Cup score of 286*. He and Nick Jewell had batted undefeated for the entire third day of the game, only the fourth wicketless day's play in the history of the competition.
He also became the first to score a century in Australian domestic Twenty20, scoring 106 off 54 deliveries for Victoria against New South Wales at North Sydney, on 21 January, 2006.
In December 2009, Hodge announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on the one-day and Twenty20 versions of the game. Hodge finished his domestic first-class career as Victoria's all-time leading run scorer. In January 2012, he retired from one-day cricket to focus exclusively on the Twenty20 game. At the time, he was the leading run-scorer in the 2011–12 Ryobi One-Day Cup.
After a long time waiting for an international debut, he finally debuted for the Australian team against the West Indies in November 2005 at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, during the 2005–06 Test Series, becoming the 394th player to wear the baggy green for Australia.
Hodge scored his maiden Test century for Australia against South Africa in Perth on 19 December 2005. After ending the third day on 91 not out, Hodge displayed some nervousness in media interviews about reaching his century, but by the end of the innings he managed to finish with an unbeaten score of 203. This innings was criticised by some Australian fans who felt that captain Ricky Ponting declared too late in allowing Hodge to chase his double century. This criticism came after Australia did not bowl out South Africa in the 4th innings (despite having 120 overs to do so), with the match ending in a draw.
Hodge later made his One-day International debut, and, after two initial modest scores, he scored a half-century. This earned him a recall for somes games against South Africa in the VB Series, although he failed to capitalise and was dropped from the ODI side.
Hodge was dropped after only five tests in the team, and only three tests after scoring his double century against South Africa. The selectors stated that the decision was made on the back of a poor Pura Cup season by Hodge, averaging around 25 for the summer when the team was selected (he finished the season with an average of 33.3). The decision was unpopular amongst Victorian fans, particularly since his replacement, Damien Martyn, had averaged only 23.7 in the same Pura Cup season. He did get back, however, albeit more than two years later, when included in Australia's squad that toured the West Indies in May/June 2008. On 22 May, in what proved to be his final test, he made 67 and 27 with the bat.
Brad Hodge made 99 not out off 86 balls to steer Australia to victory against New Zealand on 4 February 2007, when he was called into the team because Andrew Symonds had pulled out with a torn bicep.
On 18 February 2007, Brad Hodge scored 97 not out off 86 balls as he helped Australia to 4/336 off their 50 overs.
On 18 March 2007, in World Cup, Hodge scored his maiden one-day century against Holland. He scored 123 off just 89 balls, including 7 sixes and 8 fours in a record 4th-wicket partnership with Michael Clarke.
On 24 March 2007, Hodge was dropped from the Australian ODI side starting 11 in the World Cup, after making a century and being named man of the match in the side's last outing against cricketing minnows, the Netherlands. Andrew Symonds, after recovering from a shoulder injury, was named as his replacement. Hodge later returned to the starting 11 when Shane Watson was injured.
He played for Australia in a Twenty20 against India on 1 February 2008.
In December 2010, Hodge was named in Australia's initial World Cup side for the following year. However, he was not named in the final squad.
In 2012, reflecting on his lack of opportunities to play for Australia, Hodge said: "Selections have puzzled me for a number of years, and continue to puzzle me... I have played the best cricket I can in Test, four-day, one-day, and T20, but for some reason it has not been good enough. That's life."
On January 2012, Hodge announced his decision to retire from One-day cricket and also to retire from Victoria. He said in an interview: "I think it's just time to step aside and let some other guys come through; I'm obviously delighted to have played this long. I guess, like anyone in the world, once you've done something for so long, it's hard to let go"
In 2012, Hodge played a local 20/20 for Mill Park Cricket Club in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association against Bundoora Park, the match being held at Redleap Reserve, where there was a big crowd of over 1,000 people who turned up to come and watch the best Victorian cricketer in the last 20 years. Bundoora Park made 6/142, with Hodge taking 1/17 off 4 overs. Hodge in return opened the batting with good friend Warren Stewert, and blasted 58, including 3 sixes off 39 balls, before club stalwarts Adam McLaughlin and Luke Peterson got the required runs off the final over. Hodge remained at the club for hours afterwards answering questions, which typifies him as a great cricketer on and off the field.
Indian Premier League
On 26 April 2008, it was confirmed that Hodge would represent the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for five weeks. He played three matches in the first edition without any success. In the second edition, he was the highest scorer for his team. He was also the most consistent player of the team. But, in the fourth edition of the IPL, he was signed by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. For the fifth edition of the Indian premier league, Rajasthan Royals bought him for $475,000. His base price was $200,000. In the 2013 IPL season, Brad Hodge played a match-winning innings of 54 runs not out off just 29 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad, coming in after his team had lost 5 wickets for just 57 runs, chasing 133 runs to win, to take Rajasthan Royals into the second qualifier for the finals. For his performance, he was awarded the Man of the Match award. He also scored an unbeatern 39* against the Mumbai Indians at Wankhede, where his team lost by just 14 runs.
- Cricinfo-Brad Hodge
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- "Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Cricinfo – Cork slams 'cheat' Hodge and 'pathetic' Lamb
- Cricinfo – Cork handed fine and suspended sentence
- Cricinfo – Hodge considers legal action over Cork's 'cheat' accusation
- 'Hodge lashes cricket's alleged NSW bias', Herald Sun 27 August 2009
- Cricinfo – Records – Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup – Most runs
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- Cricket Australia, Aussie squad announced, 19 September 2008, retrieved 3 January 2011
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- BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Lancashire | Lancashire star Hodge to join IPL
- 2012 IPL player auction
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- Player profile: Brad Hodge from ESPNcricinfo
- DEC Bushrangers Brad Hodge player profile