‘Old hand’ Hodge seriously contemplating making bid for Oz Test recall

Wellington, Jan 22(ANI): Veteran Australian batsman Brad Hodge has claimed he is seriously pondering over making a bid for Ashes selection with his manager Gerard Sholly also refusing to thin out his client’s fanciful aspirations.

Victoria’s Hodge hasn’t played a first-class game since 2009 but has been in excellent form in the Big Bash League (BBL) domestic T20 competition with 342 runs at an average of 48.85 for Melbourne Stars, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The 38-year-old right-hander is playing T20 in Bangladesh where he made a cheeky series of comments about a possible state comeback next month with a view to playing in the Ashes series in England in mid-2013, the paper added.

Hodge played the last of his six Tests in 2008 and boasts of a tremendous average of 55.88.

Hodge said Australian cricketers would love to represent his country whenever their chance comes, adding he is no different.

Hodge added he probably deserved to play a little bit more when he had the opportunity, adding there seems to be a lot more rotating players than when he was in his prime.

The all rounder add he is still playing good enough to represent Australia, albeit he does believe that his opportunity has passed.

Hodge added that he is considering going back to four-day cricket after this tournament, and having a quick shot at trying to make the Ashes team. (ANI)