Brad Hodge was included in Australia's T20 squad for the game against England © Getty Images
Brad Hodge was included in Australia’s T20 squad for the game against England © Getty Images

 

Jan 30, 2014

 

Brad Hodge is a lucky man.  The 39-year-old who was recently in cricketing wilderness received a surprise phone call which informed him of his selection in Australia’s Twenty 20 side for the game against England at Melbourne on Friday.

 

Hodge who has performed exceptionally well for the Melbourne Stars in T20’s last played a game for Australia way back in 2008, a Test match against the West Indies in Jamaica.

 

Hodge who is buoyed by the sudden call up also harbours dreams of playing for Australia in the upcoming ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh which will be held in March, reports Foxsports.

 

“My lead-up was Big Bash and Indian Premier League (IPL), but I guess that will have to change a little now. It certainly becomes a realistic possibility, if not a goal. So it’s definitely something to work towards,” said Hodge.

 

Hodge who almost believed that his international career was over has scored 5,844 T20 runs overall, which makes him just one of three players who have crossed the 5,000-run mark in the ultra short version of the game.

 

Also Hodge joked that he will save the Chairman of Australia’s selectors, John Inverarity’s number in his mobile phone.

 

Though the call-up to the national side has been a bit too late for Hodge, nevertheless he says that he never had any qualms about his ability to perform at the highest level.

 

“I’ve probably had the game for a long time and don’t need to call on anything else other than experience to know what to do. It’s nice to be able to get into the group again and feel what it’s like. It’s a nice pleasant surprise to get back and see a few new faces,” said Hodge.

 

But Hodge has still not been informed as to whether he does feature in Australia’s starting eleven for Friday’s game, as he will probably replace Moses Henriques against England.

 

“No idea, I was pretty good at running the drinks in the 2005 Ashes series, so maybe my drinks form has gotten me another game. I’m not sure [why it has happened now]. Maybe it’s team make-up or the way things fit in. I’ve changed my role … over the last couple of years, maybe that’s helped,” said Hodge who joked about the Australian selectors successful gamble on selecting players who are much older.

 

“It’s a welcome change and I’m excited about it. I’ve been sending out reminders for a fair time now. I definitely felt if things didn’t happen before, they certainly weren’t going to happen now. But it’s a new regime with new sights, it’s come my way and it’s very pleasing,” added Hodge.

 

Hodge who also has experience of playing with Bangladeshi outfit, the Barisal Burners feels that his previous experience will cement his chances of getting a World Cup call-up.

 

“I feel no matter what side I play for I can always contribute and with experience and knowledge … there are other ways to contribute, too,” concluded Hodge.