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Bradley John Hodge (born 29 December 1974) is an Australian cricket coach and former 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.

Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full nameBradley John Hodge
Born (1974-12-29) 29 December 1974 (age 44)
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
NicknameDodgeball, Galoot
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1][2]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm off spin
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 394)17 November 2005 v West Indies
Last Test22 May 2008 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 154)3 December 2005 v New Zealand
Last ODI17 October 2007 v India
ODI shirt no.17
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1993/94–2011/12Victoria
2002Durham
2003–2004Leicestershire
2005–2011Lancashire
2008–2010Kolkata Knight Riders
2010/11Northern Districts
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2011/12, 2017/18Melbourne Renegades
2012–2013Barisal Burners
2012–2014Rajasthan Royals
2012/13–2013/14Melbourne Stars
2014/15Wellington
2014/15–2016/17Adelaide Strikers
2016Peshawar Zalmi
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 25 223 251
Runs scored 503 786 17,084 9,127
Batting average 55.88 34.48 48.81 43.25
100s/50s 1/2 1/3 51/64 29/38
Top score 203* 123* 302* 164
Balls bowled 12 66 5,583 1,734
Wickets 0 1 74 40
Bowling average 51.00 41.70 38.85
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 0/8 1/17 4/17 5/28
Catches/stumpings 9/– 16/– 127/– 93/–
Source: CricInfo, 16 January 2010

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.[3] He is also Victoria's highest ever run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield (10,474 runs).[4] However, his opportunities to represent Australia were limited to six Tests and 25 one-day internationals (ODIs).

First-class careerEdit

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 played Lancashire League Cricket for Ramsbottom in 2000 and 2001 scoring 1000 runs in each season,[5] breaking the clubs batting record in 2001. His bowling also proved useful.[6]

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 when it appeared that he had stepped over the boundary rope in a Twenty20 match in June 2003. Hodge had actually completed the catch cleanly, before running over to the crowd to celebrate.[7] Hodge denied the accusation and considered taking legal action.[8] Cork was sanctioned by the ECB.[9]

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.[10]

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.

During the match against Queensland at the MCG on 7 March 2009, he scored 261. During this innings, he became the 6th batsman to pass 10,000 Sheffield Shield runs.[11]

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.[12]

Hodge captained the Adelaide Strikers in the 2016–17 Big Bash League and while the team struggled, he was a model of consistency and named in the team of the tournament at the age of 42.[13]

Australian careerEdit

 
Bat used by Brad Hodge during his double century against South Africa-on display at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Hodge was called up as part of Australia's 2005 Ashes squad but was not used throughout the series.[14] He did, however, make a number of catches in the third test as a substitute fielder to get out Kevin Pietersen[15] and Michael Vaughan[16] both off the bowling of Brett Lee. 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. He had his baggy green presented to him by Bill Lawry.

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, batting with fluency on day four.[2] 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. Australia were principally thwarted by a resolute Rudolph, who replaced the injured Jacques Kallis.[17][18]

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 some 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).[19] The decision was unpopular amongst Victorian fans, particularly since his replacement, Damien Martyn, had averaged only 23.7 in the same Pura Cup season.[20] 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 the World Cup, Hodge scored his maiden one-day century against Holland. He scored 123 off just 89 balls, including 7 sixes and 8 fours and shared a record 4th-wicket partnership of 204 with Michael Clarke, the highest 4th wicket stand in World Cup history.[21][22]

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."[23]

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"[3]

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. 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.

In 2014, Hodge played for Australia in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 competition.[24]

Indian Premier LeagueEdit

On 26 April 2008, it was confirmed that Hodge would represent the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for five weeks.[25] 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.[26] 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. He was the coach for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016. For his performances in 2013, he was named in the Cricinfo CLT20 XI [27]. He worked as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League for the 2018 edition but was removed later.

Pakistan Super LeagueEdit

He was signed by Peshawar Zalmi in 2016 PSL Season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brad Hodge". melbournestars.com.au. Melbourne Stars. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b English, Peter (19 December 2005). "Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 4th day: A hurrah to Hodge". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Hodge retires from one-day cricket". ESPNcricinfo. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Lancashire League Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Brad Hodge". CricketArchive / Google Cache. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ "LOCAL CRICKET: Hodge is the hat-trick hero". Lancashire Telegraph. 7 September 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ Cricinfo – Cork slams 'cheat' Hodge and 'pathetic' Lamb
  8. ^ "Hodge considers legal action over Cork's 'cheat' accusation". Cricinfo. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Cork handed fine and suspended sentence". Cricinfo. 14 July 2003. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  10. ^ 'Hodge lashes cricket's alleged NSW bias', Herald Sun 27 August 2009
  11. ^ "Records – Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup – Most runs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  12. ^ Hogan, Jesse (24 January 2012). "Hodge slips out, records intact". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  13. ^ Macpherson, Will (27 January 2017). "The team of the tournament". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  14. ^ "MacGill and Tait in Ashes squad". BBC. 5 April 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Vaughan's ton puts England on top". BBC. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  16. ^ "England set Aussies record chase". BBC. 14 August 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 5th day: Smith confident after marathon draw". ESPN Cricinfo. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  18. ^ Vaidyanathan, Siddhartha (20 December 2005). "Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 5th day: Resolute Rudolph thwarts Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  19. ^ Cricket Australia, Aussie squad announced Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 19 September 2008, retrieved 3 January 2011
  20. ^ ESPN Cricinfo, "Cricket Records, Pura Cup 2005/06, Western Australia", retrieved 3 January 2011
  21. ^ "Highest partnerships for each wicket in World Cups". cricinfo. Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  22. ^ "ICC World Cup, 10th Match, Group A: Australia v Netherlands". cricinfo.
  23. ^ "Victorian batsman Brad Hodge delivers parting shot". Herald Sun. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  24. ^ "World T20: Yuvraj leads Indian charge against Australia". The Times of India. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Lancashire star Hodge to join IPL". BBC. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  26. ^ 2012 IPL player auction
  27. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2013/content/story/677513.html

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