Brad Hodge serious about test comeback

GREG BUCKLE
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013

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Ageing former Test batsman Brad Hodge says he's considering making a bid for Ashes selection and his manager Gerard Sholly has refused to water down his client's far-fetched ambitions.

Victoria's Hodge hasn't played a first-class game since 2009 but has been in excellent form in the BBL domestic T20 competition with 342 runs at an average of 48.85 for Melbourne Stars.

The 38-year-old right-hander is playing T20 in Bangladesh where he made a cheeky series of comments about a possible state comeback next month with a view to playing in the Ashes series in England in mid-2013.

Hodge played the last of his six Tests in 2008 and boasts an average of 55.88.

"Would I like to play for Australia? Of course. Everyone would," Hodge has told cricinfo.com.

"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."

Cricket Victoria general manager Shaun Graf says Hodge has to commit to playing grade cricket in Melbourne before being considered for state selection, while Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors John Inverarity says a recall for Hodge is very unlikely.

Sholly, meanwhile, is fuelling talk of a fairytale comeback.

"With everything Hodgey says, as mischievous as they may be, there's always a little bit of background which says 'you know what, I'm still good enough to play'," Sholly told SEN Radio on Tuesday.

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