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“I never thought this day would happen again”
Veteran Australia batsman Brad Hodge has been included in the Twenty20 squad for the second Twenty20 International against England in Melbourne on Friday.
Hodge, who is the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket with 5,844 runs at an average of 36.98, has not represented Australia in any format of the game since May 2008.
Hodge was called up for the match since all-rounder Moises Henriques will by flying out to South Africa to join the rest of the Test team for their tour of the African nation, which gets underway on February 5.
“I never thought this day would happen again and it’s a pleasing day to wake up, the sun was shining this morning and I got the call from John Inverarity and it was a nice pleasant surprise,” Hodge said. “I’ve probably had the game for a long time and I don’t need to call on anything else other than experience to know exactly what I can do.
“I probably gave up the hope I suppose. I never gave up the thought of trying to achieve what I wanted to, and that was to play for Australia, but you felt that if things didn’t happen before they certainly weren’t going to happen now. But new regime, new sights and it’s come my way, which is very pleasing.”