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Hodge saves last shot for selectors

Post  ridoy24 on Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:50 am

Australian cricket selection policy has never been kind to Brad Hodge. Why, he doesn’t know. Now, it doesn’t matter.

Hodge has played his last one-day match for Victoria after opting not to play the remaining two matches of the season, bringing down the curtain on a decorated state career.

At 37, he goes out on top – currently this season’s leading run-scorer in the domestic one-day series.

But despite his run-scoring feats and a swag of records at state level, he has only played a handful of Tests and one-day internationals for Australia.

Hodge admits he leaves the game puzzled by Australia’s selectors, saying many decisions have not made a lot of sense to him.

Most recently Hodge was passed over for the Australian T20 team while 40-year-old Brad Hogg and 35-year-old Brett Lee were picked.

“Selection has puzzled me for a number of years and it continues to puzzle me and continues to puzzle the public,” Hodge said on Wednesday.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me any more. But having said that, it doesn’t bother me one little bit any more either.

“All I’ve done is play the best cricket I possibly can – in four-day cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 – and for some reason it just hasn’t been good enough.

“I don’t see it that way, but someone else does. But that’s life.

“Those instances make these choices a little bit easier.”

Hodge quit the four and five-day versions of the game two years ago.

He will now concentrate on playing Twenty20 cricket in the various competitions around the world – starting with the Bangladesh Premier League next month.

Melbourne Renegades batsman Hodge will also play the Australian T20 season.

Hodge says he wants to play T20 cricket for as long as he’s good enough, and believes the trend for older players to follow the world T20 circus tent and prolong their careers won’t end any time soon.

“Twenty20 is my life now. That’s the path that I’ve chosen and it gives us a great time for leisure, great time for our families,” he said.

“It’s been a blessing on my family T20 … you only play for a couple of hours and you’re home with the family and kids.

“That’s extremely important to me, having slogged it out for many years trying to play at the highest level – that puts a lot of stress on myself and my family.

“For me, the challenge is to go and continually play at the highest level.”

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