Brad Hodge

Country: Australia
Born: December 29, 1974, Sandringham, Victoria
Height: 1.78 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Brad Hodge Bio

Bradley John Hodge, known to cricket fans as Brad Hodge, is an Australian cricketer who established himself as one of the most prolific run scorers in the modern era of Australia’s domestic game. Despite his remarkable performances and undeniable talent, Hodge’s international career was marked by unfortunate timing and missed opportunities.

Born on December 29, 1974, in Sandringham, Victoria, Hodge displayed a natural aptitude for cricket from a young age. He made his debut for Victoria in 1993-94 at the tender age of 18 and quickly made a name for himself as a consistent performer. Although he faced some challenges in the following years, Hodge’s determination and classical technique helped him bounce back and establish himself as a formidable batsman.

Hodge’s breakthrough year came in the 2000-01 season when he surpassed the 1000-run mark in first-class matches and played a key role in guiding the Bushrangers to their second consecutive Pura Cup final. His impressive performances continued in the 2001-02 season, where he shared the domestic Player-of-the-Season award with Queensland’s Jimmy Maher.

Following his consistent success at the domestic level, Hodge earned a Cricket Australia contract in 2004 and was subsequently selected for Australia’s tour of India. Although he narrowly missed out on a spot in the first Test, Hodge’s talents were recognized, and he was viewed as a potential asset to the national team.

Hodge finally earned his Test debut in November 2005 against West Indies, where he showcased his potential by scoring an impressive 60 runs as an opener. By the end of the home summer, he had accumulated 409 runs at a remarkable average. However, despite his promising start, Hodge’s international career took a turn for the worse when he was dropped after just five Test matches.

Perhaps one of the most unlucky cricketers in Australian history, Hodge’s talent and potential were not appropriately rewarded. He made a brief return to the Test side during a tour of the West Indies in 2007 but never managed to establish himself as a regular player in the baggy green.

Undeterred by his setbacks, Hodge continued to excel in limited-overs cricket and became one of the best Twenty20 batsmen in the world. His dominance was evident in the 2009-10 season when he topped the FR Cup tally with an impressive 622 runs at an average of 69.11, including four centuries.

In an unexpected turn of events, Hodge decided to retire from first-class cricket before the 2009-10 season, citing a lack of motivation to continue playing the longer format of the game. However, he remained a key player in Victoria’s limited-overs teams for two more seasons.

Hodge’s international career was marred by missed opportunities and ill-timing, but his contribution to Australian cricket at the domestic level cannot be overlooked. With his classical technique, ability to score runs at will, and his versatility in different formats, Hodge will be remembered as one of Australia’s most prolific run scorers.

Although he never reached the pinnacle of success at the international level, Brad Hodge’s undeniable talent and contribution to cricket in Australia solidify his place in the annals of the sport. Despite being regarded as one of the unluckiest nearly-men in Australian cricket, Hodge’s legacy as a prolific run scorer will endure for years to come.

Brad Hodge Career Stats

Brad Hodge Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 11 2 503 203* 55.88 965 52.12 1 2 60 1 9 0
T20Is 15 11 4 183 36 26.14 144 127.08 0 0 9 7 5 0
ODIs 25 21 2 575 123 30.26 657 87.51 1 3 51 12 16 0
FC 223 388 38 17084 302* 48.81 - - 51 64 - - 127 0
List A 251 241 30 9127 164 43.25 - - 29 38 - - 93 0
T20s 277 261 60 7406 106 36.84 5641 131.28 2 48 709 248 102 0

Brad Hodge Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 1 12 8 0 - - - 4 - 0 0 0
T20Is 15 3 30 43 1 1/13 1/13 43 8.6 30 0 0 0
ODIs 25 3 66 51 1 1/17 1/17 51 4.63 66 0 0 0
FC 223 - 5583 3086 74 4/17 - 41.7 3.31 75.4 - 0 0
List A 251 - 1734 1554 40 5/28 5/28 38.85 5.37 43.3 0 1 0
T20s 277 86 1116 1451 65 4/13 4/13 22.32 7.8 17.1 3 0 0

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