Ignored Hodge takes Aussie selectors head on

Australian batsman Brad Hodge is taking the national selectors head on with his comments after being ignored for the ODI and T20 ties against Proteas.

updated: January 10, 2009 11:07 IST
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Australian batsman Brad Hodge is taking the national selectors head on with his caustic comments after being ignored for the one-day and Twenty20 ties against South Africa.

The 34-year-old Hodge questioned the selectors' logic, claiming players with lesser records had been favoured over him.

"The idea to be selected for Australia is to score runs, isn't it? And that's what I've done. Maybe they might change it and score less runs and I might get selected," said Hodge sarcastically.

Hodge, who last played for Australia during their West Indies tour, has scored 264 runs at an average of 52.8 in six Ford Ranger Cup matches this season and he leads scoring in the Twenty20 Big Bash with an average of 65 from four games.

In contrast, 25-year-old Shaun Marsh, who has secured berths in both the squads, has averaged 25.16 in the one-day tournament and has scored 68 runs in his past four Twenty20 matches.

"I think that if you look at the criteria, there's some guys in that side who mightn't have done as well as I have. Unfortunately, that's the way it is," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"As I say, the criteria is to score runs, and I've done that heavily for a number of years. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be working for me. Maybe I'll play for Australia in lawn bowls in the future, maybe tennis, maybe rowing. I'm not sure yet," he said.

Hodge felt he was no longer wanted in the national set-up.

"I've no idea (if I'll play for Australia again). I don't know and I don't think so. The disappointing thing about that I played well in the Test match in the West Indies (when) Australia was under pressure.

"My performances for Australia have always been pretty good and my credentials are there but unfortunately a knock on the door's not coming my way."

Hodge also revealed that he spoke to Merv Hughes on Thursday and said it was his first conversation with a national selector in "a long time", but did not reveal the details of the discussion.

"I don't think it matters whether you are 20, 30 or 40, if you are getting the runs I'm sure anyone can be considered if you're up to it," Hughes said.

"I don't think age will come into it if you're scoring runs and doing your job. If an opportunity arises anywhere, you wouldn't knock it back."