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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