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Full name Andrew John Hodd
Born January 12, 1984, Chichester, West Sussex
Current age 30 years 102 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Surrey, Sussex, Sussex Cricket Board
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 5 ft 9 in
Education Bexhill High School; Bexhill College; Loughborough University
|First-class debut||Sussex v Zimbabweans at Hove, May 15-18, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Apr 20-23, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Middlesex at Leeds, Jun 20, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Surrey at Beckenham, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|21, 2c/0s, 5c/0s||Yorkshire||v Northants||Leeds||20 Apr 2014||FC|
|55, 3c/0s||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Taunton||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|27, 4c/0s, 67, 1c/0s||Yorks 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Cardiff||9 Apr 2014||Other|
|5, 1c/0s||Yorks 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Cardiff||8 Apr 2014||Other OD|
|93, 0c/0s, 11, 1c/1s||Yorks 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||York||28 Aug 2013||Other|
|-||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||21 Aug 2013||FC|
|34, 1c/0s, 54, 1c/0s||Yorks 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Gosforth||13 Aug 2013||Other|
|6||Yorks 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Gosforth||12 Aug 2013||Other OD|
|21, 3c/0s, 14*, 0c/0s||Yorkshire||v Warwickshire||Leeds||2 Aug 2013||FC|
|3c/0s, 5*||Yorks 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Rugby||30 Jul 2013||Other OD|
When Andrew Hodd joined Yorkshire on a two-year contract at the end of the 2012 season he had every reason to wish Jonny Bairstow a long and successful England career. A talented wicketkeeper-batsman, he had arrived at Headingley in August as temporary cover for Bairstow behind the stumps but impressed enough for Yorkshire to offer to supplant his loan deal with a permanent arrangement.
His first season worked out rather well. He played nine Championship matches and as the summer nights drew in, Yorkshire's coach Jason Gillespie was cooing that he was one of the best glovemen in the country. By the start of the 2014 season, Bairstow's England stock had fallen and Hodd was likely to be caught up in any debate Yorkshire might be involved in about whether Bairstow should retain the gloves long term.
For the former Sussex player, it is a familiar scenario. He began his career at Hove, then moved to Surrey, but was tempted back to the south coast in 2006 to act as Matt Prior's understudy following the departure for Warwickshire of Tim Ambrose.
In the event, the timing worked perfectly for him. Prior made a century on his England Test debut against the West Indies the following summer and Hodd seized his chance with Sussex, scoring his first two first-class centuries in a tally of 628 runs from 14 matches as well as demonstrating his competence with the gloves. One of the highlights, by coincidence, was a career-best 123 against Yorkshire at Hove.
Prior dropped out of England's five-day side in 2008, which a knock-on effect for Hodd, who was limited to only three Championship appearances, but regained his place in 2009. Hodd enjoyed another successful season as first-choice for Sussex but after a relatively poor time in 2010 he found his own position under threat from the up-and-coming Ben Brown.
At the time of joining Yorkshire on loan, he had not played in the Championship for 13 months. It was a frustrating state of affairs for Hodd, who had toured Australia with England at U-17 and U-19 level and whose batting standards - by no means absent - would have been regarded as perfectly adequate in an earlier era.
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