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Video - Call Up Was A Pleasant Surprise - Hodge

Brad Hodge says his call up to the Australian Twenty20 squad to take on England at the age of 39 was 'a pleasant surprise'.

Hodge may be the world's most prolific Twenty20 batsman but he hasn't played for Australia since 2008 and hasonly played eight Twenty20 Internationals.

With Australia struggling to cover for injuries to James Faulkner and Shaun Marsh, Hodge comes into the squad for the two games against England in Melbourne and Sydney.

"I never thought this day would happen again," Hodge said.

"It's a pleasing day to wake up, you know the sun was shining this morning and got the call from Johny (National Selector John Inverarity) and it was a nice pleasant surprise, absolutely."

And Hodge says that he will use all of the experience gleaned from playing Twenty20 cricket around the world when he joins the squad.

"I've probably had the game for a long time and I don't really need to call on anything else other than experience to know exactly what I can do.

"It's nice to be able to get into this group again and feel what it's like. It's been a long time, I think the last game that I played was 2007 or 2008 so it's a nice pleasant surprise to see a bunch of new faces in there."

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