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Hodge becomes the first to 5000 in T20s

Mohammad Isam

January 24, 2013

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Brad Hodge top scored for his side with 39, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, MCG, January 8, 2013
Hodge has played for 14 different T20 teams in his 10-year long career playing the format © Getty Images
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Brad Hodge became the first batsman in Twenty20 cricket to reach 5,000 runs when on 25 during Barisal Burners' BPL match against Chittagong Kings in Khulna. Though he reached the milestone on a day when his side lost by 21 runs, it pleased Hodge as it was a testament of his class in this format.

"I am just very happy," Hodge told ESPNcricinfo. "I have made 10,000 plus runs in Sheffield Shield and 5,000 in T20s, means that I have performed well over the course of my lifetime."

Hodge achieved the milestone with a cover drive off West Indies allrounder Kevon Cooper, but stayed away from a celebration even though he was made aware of the impending record by one of the commentators.

"I got told by Russell Arnold that I needed 25, but I didn't think about it at the time," he said.

Hodge has played 171 T20 games (including eight internationals) over the past decade after making his debut on June 16, 2003, playing for Leicestershire against Yorkshire in the first-ever tournament of this format. He made 97 in that game.

Overall, he averages 36.29 with an impressive strike-rate of 129.13, and has scored 34 fifties and two centuries. The Barisal Burners is Hodge's 14th Twenty20 team in all levels including Australia and Australia A. He has played for three IPL teams while he has also turned up for Auckland, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Northern Districts, and his home side Victoria.

His first century came against New South Wales in the 2005-06 final when he hit 106 off just 54 balls and his second century came against Nottinghamshire three years ago.

David Hussey is a close second behind Hodge with 4,821 runs while there are three others - Chris Gayle, Brendan McCullum and Owais Shah - who have scored more than 4,000 runs in T20s.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by bulldo on (January 25, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Surprised to see him not in the Aussie team in the 2000's. he s averaging 55 in tests and still omitted? hes better player than most of the guys who played that time save for punter

Posted by Pickpocket on (January 25, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Some pak supporters claim bpl2 is starless. Only 5 player gets more than 4000 runs in t20 cricket & 2 of them (Hodge & Owais Shah) played in bpl2 edition Gayle also played BPL. Bpl is going to be one of the established league also.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Definitely needs to be in Australian team, WHAT A PLAYER!!

Posted by RK204 on (January 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

love u hodge...go ahead ..cheer :)

Posted by saifur.raffael on (January 24, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Really ,he must now get a re-chance in the aussie team....he has almost proven his ability in every parts of d world eng.ind,bd,nz etc.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 24, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

He's a great batsman but unfortunately didn't get enuf chance in Aussie national side. Hope he can find a spot in Aussie squad for next Ashes as Mr.Cricket-Hussey got retired recently.

Posted by vak1997 on (January 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

that's indeed a great achievement! has he retired from T20Is? if not why doesn't he play for Australia in T20Is? he is the most valuable player as he has got experience playing in versatile subcontinents.

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Congrats Hodge, Burners should recruit another Hodge immediately to reach in the Semi

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

he needs to play for Australia in t20 definitly

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

very brillent Hodge...keep it up in international level as well.

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