October 13, 2007

Australian cricket

Hodge aims for opening slot

George Binoy

"The glint in his eye betrays the flecks in his hair. Brad Hodge is discussing his plans for the summer and, more specifically, his bid for Justin Langer's vacated Test berth," writes Alex Brown in the Sydney Morning Herald.

As with everything in Hodge's career, it won't come easily. Phil Jaques, believed to be his main rival for Langer's former post, is a seasoned opener and in tremendous form, returning from Australia A's tour of Pakistan with two centuries and an average of 123.33 from two unofficial Tests. But, across the Indian Ocean, there is evidence to suggest Hodge might be nudging his way to the front of the queue. Despite posting three low totals in the one-day series against India, the selectors have seen fit to persist with him at a time when Brad Haddin can't help but score runs.

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