Veteran Batsman Brad Hodge Vows To Extend Big Bash League Career
There is still no stopping veteran Australian batsman Brad Hodge, as he has vowed to continue plying his trade in the Big Bash League.
His team, Adelaide Strikers, have had a poor season as their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals were quashed after the five-run loss to Melbourne Renegades on Monday (January 16) but Hodge has had a good season on a personal level.
The 42-year old is the fourth-highest run scorer in the ongoing tournament with 247 runs in seven outings and he has hinted that he’ll be playing in the next season of Australia’s premier T20 league.
Speaking after the match, he said:
“I’m gonna play, where that’s at who knows?”
“We just have to wait and see. I feel like I’m contributing and contributing well.
“We’ve seen the quality of (45-year-old Renegades spinner Brad) Hogg, and I think I’ve played pretty well this year. I love it,” he added.
In fact, Hodge, whose contract with the Strikers expires after the conclusion of the ongoing season, is so keen to remain connected with the game that he is even eyeing a commentary role if he does not get any offer as a player.
Hodge, who coached IPL outfit Gujarat Lions last year before taking the reins of the Cricket Australia XI during this summer’s Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, said:
“I’ll do anything for money, like the rest of us.”
“Who knows what the future holds, I didn’t think I would play on this year and I was only going to play on if I had a good season.
“I’ve ticked that box, so what happens next year and where I end up is a different matter and commentary – there’s all sorts of things in life that intrigue me. I just have to find out what lies ahead.
Expressing his desire to continue his stint with the Adelaide-based outfit, Hodge said he is also looking forward to mentoring younger players.
“I saw (V8 Supercar driver) James Courtney here before, I asked him if he needed a partner in the Bathurst 12-hour but he said he was full. I would like to stay here (with Adelaide), this is a great place to play cricket and I feel I contribute well and teach the guys how to get better,” the former Australian batsman said.
“And there will be guys that learn from this experience, over the past couple of years I’ve really helped a few people like Travis Head and Alex Ross and there’s a few more that are going to come through that we need to teach.That aspect of it is really cool, but who knows where you end up. I must say I’m out of contract so we’ll find out soon enough,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Hodge would look to help his team finish the tournament on a good note when the Strikers lock horns against Sydney Thunder on Wednesday (January 18).
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