ACA All-Stars v Aussie Fans' XI, Brisbane November 21, 2010

Hodge shines in All-Star outing

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aussie Fans' XI 8 for 191 (Hussey 42, Hayden 34, O'Brien 3-26) beat ACA All-Stars 5 for 186 (Hodge 84, Warner 43) by 5 runs

Brad Hodge used a rare prime-time TV appearance to remind the wider Australian public of his talent, but his 84 from 50 balls was not enough for the ACA All-Stars against a fan-voted XI at the Gabba. Matthew Hayden came out of his semi-retirement to captain the Aussie Fans' XI to victory in a match that also featured the West Indian Twenty20 star Kieron Pollard.

The exhibition match has been put on for the past couple of years by the Australian Cricketers' Association as a curtain-raiser to the home summer, but lost some of its impetus this season as the Australians have already hosted Sri Lanka for an ODI series. There were several domestic players still keen to impress, although the strongest performances came from the veterans.

David Hussey (42) set up a strong total of 8 for 191 for the Aussie Fans' XI, after Hayden managed 34 using the oddly-proportioned Mongoose bat. The young Victorian batsman Aaron Finch showed his promise with a quick 30 and Mitchell Marsh made 23, while the left-arm spin of Aaron O'Brien (3 for 26) was difficult to get away.

In reply, the ACA All-Stars - the domestic players voted for the team members after last season's Big Bash - fell five runs short despite the best efforts of Hodge. His innings featured four sixes and reminded the national selectors - if they needed any further proof - that he remains one of the most dangerous limited-overs players in Australia.

David Warner also made a handy 43 from 33 balls, but when Hodge fell towards the end of the chase it left 20 needed from the final over. In the interests of a close finish, Hayden decided to bowl the over himself and with six needed from the final ball, he had Lee Carseldine caught on the long-on boundary by Finch.

However, the match did come at a cost. Tim Paine, Australia's backup wicketkeeper, was sent to hospital after being struck on the right hand by a delivery from Dirk Nannes, and the Australian and Tasmanian selectors will be closely monitoring his injury with a big summer ahead.

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  • Lou on November 22, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    chickenpoo, too right. I've been confused for ages about how he is labelled as though he bowls like Paul Collingwood. It's obvious that he has a bit of nip to his bowling.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    i think people like number_5 and rajdeep are over-reacting here! it was a match more for fun and good causes and in the end, it was really great FUN and one of the best matches i have seen! you can't judge a match simply by the that case test matches in india's mohali get a more sparse crowd than this t20! I found the match much much better than IPL where ppl are paid for this slam bang! (And I love the test format just for the record!)

  • Ajay on November 22, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    it's an exciting encounter b/w these two teams; the most surprising moment out of it, was the last over, bowled by Hayden; & he picked up wickets, too........

  • Tim on November 22, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    This is kinda off topic, but I am outraged! This match was the first time ive seen Mitchell Marsh play. All this time he has been labelled as "medium pace" by cricinfo and even by the TV displays. But he's dam fast, he can bowl up to 140km/hr so obviously fast-medium is a more accurate category. Its exciting to see now that he could potentially be the next Shane Watson.

  • Robert on November 22, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Number_5, if we were to decide the fate of different forms of the game based upon attendance and/or players having to fetch the ball themselves, pretty much every form we have would no longer be here, especially test cricket! Also, the Gabba only seats 42000.

  • Chris on November 22, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Its clear where the aussie public interest is...the crowd at last nights game might ensure its the last time we see this sort of circus played..the sight of players having to jump the fence to retrieve a lost ball was priceless.......leave the T20s to domestic cricket, last nights game was a embarssement to the Australian cricketing public. (just incase you didnt get to see it, the crowd would have been <5,000 in a stadium that seats 45,000)

  • Alexander on November 21, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    This would have been a great match to see! i found the scorecard @

  • Rajeev on November 21, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Why was Hayden playing this match? He is supposed to be an Indian after he stated that he loved and wanted to gel into the Indian culture. Then what the hell is he doing in Brisbane, Australia. Hayden is a man of clear double standards. He had once said that Indians are poor sportsmen and born cheats. But when it came to the IPL, all Indians became his brothers, friends etc. He knew that it was time to get some cheap bucks, he has changed his tune to the extent that he now wants to be a Chennai player for life. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, Mr. Hayden, you are a cheap human and you make me laugh like hell.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    This match however good the cricket, was unworthy of following status, the teams were randomly compsed, and was played in an almost comical context and is an example of how casually t20 cricket is treated in Australia. A good example of this is the commentators talking to Pollard whilst he is running in to bowl, this was more a television display then a cricket match. Greater importance was given to fixing Haydens mic than continuing play. However high quality the cricket if neither team is bothered by the result why should the public.

  • Adrian on November 21, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I am disappointed that Cricinfo wasn't providing live scores. No, it wasn't an official match, but it would be first class quality. I missed the start (didn't realise it was on) and it was annoying not to have anywhere to see the scores to catch up on it. This match this year is a reminder to the Australian selectors of what is out there. It was more important than usual.

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