Hodge has been really impressive with the bat as of late
Australia veteran batsman Brad Hodge is seriously considering a last-gasp effort to experience a final Ashes hurrah and the Victoria selectors have even offered to help him achieve his goal by trying to find a spot for him in the last three Sheffield Shield matches of the summer.
Hodge, who is currently participating in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), is understood to be highly considering Victoria’s offer.
Reports suggest that Hodge is likely to take the spot of either all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was chosen to tour India with the national team.
If Hodge does agree to the offer, then he will play in Victoria’s matches against Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
“Would I like to play for Australia? Of course, everyone would,” Hodge said. “I probably deserved to play a little bit more when I had the opportunity. It seems that there seems to be a lot more rotating players than when I was in my prime.
“I am still playing good enough to represent Australia I think. But I do believe that my opportunity is passed. Having said that I am considering after this tournament, to go back to four-day cricket and have a quick shot at trying to make the Ashes team.”
The 38-year-old, who played his last Test in 2008, also had some outstanding performances with the bat in this year’s edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) and during the tournament, he once again raised questions about whether he was still fit enough to play for the national team.
Former Australia ‘spin king’ Shane Warne has also backed Hodge, stating that the veteran batsman is in the “best form of his life” and added that Cricket Australia and the national selectors would be foolish if they did not even consider picking him.
“You know what, I wouldn’t even write off Brad Hodge,” Shane Warne said. “He is in the best form of his life and you look around at who’s the best young player going around. There’s so many but I think it’s really important Australia have that mix of experience and youth.There’s no point in picking two or three young blokes for the sake of it because they’re young. They’ve still got to earn their spot.”
When asked about Hodge’s chances to play in the back-to-back Ashes series this year, national selector John Inverarity noted that it was “very unlikely”.
“You’d never say never but unlikely,” he said.