Brad Hodge: Australian Players need more T20 matches

Shashi / 06 July 2014

Brad Hodge, who has been the most successful T20 player for Australia, has pointed out the fact that Australia’s struggle in the T20 format is all because of the limited T20 matches which the Australian players get to play. Most of the Australian Internationals are busy with the national duty when the Big Bash is being played in the country. Only the players who get an IPL contract get to play more T20 matches , which in total is generally the 15 IPL matches and 2 International matches . This situations doesn’t allow to improve your team , he added.


Brad Hodge was included in Australia’s T20 for the previous T20 World Cup, where Australia fared poorly ,inspite of being a good side on paper. They lost to India , Pakistan and West Indies.

Only the T20 specialists in Australia are getting a fare share of practice. The players like Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Doug Bollinger and Cameron White were the only members of the World Cup squad to get enough match practice in The Big Bash and  rest others did not even play 20 games between them in the domestic league.

He added that playing in a T20 game is a different skill and pointed out at the talent of Craig Simmons, the opener of Adelaide Strikers. He is an amazing hard hitter of the ball , and marked him as one of the best in Australian scene at the moment at it.

Hodge commended the move of bringing in Muralitharan as the bowling coach of the Australian team. He stressed on the need to get used to the spinners which becomes a vital factor when Australia play in the sub continent. He praised Pat Howard, Executive General Manager of the High Performance Team, to realise this need in Australian cricket and taking the right decisions


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