Thursday 30 January 2014 

Hodge Handed Twenty20 Recall

Brad Hodge hits a shot
Brad Hodge has scored more runs in Twenty20 cricket than any other player and is now back in the Australia squad
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Brad Hodge has been handed a surprise recall to the Australia Twenty20 International squad for the two remaining matches against England in Melbourne and Sydney.

He comes into the squad as cover for Moises Henriques, who played the first match but is heading to South Africa having himself been called up to the Test squad to replace the injured James Faulkner.

Hodge, 39, last played for Australia during a Test series in the West Indies in 2008, but is the world's most prolific Twenty20 batsmen.

He has scored 5,844 runs in Twenty20 cricket, excelling in particular for Victoria, Leicestershire and the Rajasthan Royals while this season, he has hit 168 runs in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars.

Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 after a 13-run win in the opening game in Hobart, with the final two matches being played on 31st January and 2nd February.

Australia Twenty20 squad: George Bailey (captain), Aaron Finch (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, Josh Hazlewood, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), Cameron White

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Fixtures & Results

12th January: 1st ODI, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 270-4 beat ENG 269-7 by 6 wickets
17th January: 2nd ODI, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 301-9 beat ENG 300-8 by 1 wicket
19th January: 3rd ODI, S.C.G, Sydney
AUS 244-3 beat ENG 243-9 by 7 wickets
24th January: 4th ODI, WACA, Perth
ENG 316-8 beat AUS 259 by 57 runs
26th January: 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 217-9 beat ENG 212 by 5 runs
29th January: 1st T20I, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
AUS 213-4 beat ENG 200-9 by 13 runs
31st January: 2nd T20I, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 131-2 beat ENG 130-9 by 8 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
AUS 195-6 beat ENG 111 by 84 runs