England in Australia 2013-14 January 9, 2014

Hodge named for Prime Minister's XI

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brad Hodge might be holding on to a slim hope of being called up for the World Twenty20 after Australia's selectors named him in the Prime Minister's XI to take on England in Canberra next week. Hodge, 39, has been a Twenty20-only player for just over two years but will play in the 50-over match alongside fellow veteran Brett Lee, who will captain the team on Tuesday.

In 2012, Australia sprung a major surprise by recalling the 40-year-old spinner Brad Hogg to the T20 side based on his form for the Perth Scorchers and he was retained until the World T20 in Sri Lanka later that year. It is not out of the question that Hodge, who is T20 cricket's all-time leading run scorer, could be similarly recalled this year with a World T20 to be held in the first half of the year.

Hodge and Lee will be the senior players in a Prime Minister's XI that features several players who could be considered for international call-ups in the near future. Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting and Alister McDermott will for a strong pace attack while Luke Pomersbach and Chris Lynn will be keen to press their credentials as powerful batsmen.

"Brett Lee and Brad Hodge bring leadership and experience to the team and will be great drawcards," national selector John Inverarity said. "Chris Lynn has been in excellent form this season in all forms of the game. Jackson Bird is recovering well from injury and we are keen to increase his workload.

"We have also been pleased with the progress of left-arm orthodox spinner Clive Rose, who has performed well for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield. ACT local Michael Spaseski is a promising young batsman and provides a great cricketing story. He is a first generation Australian of Macedonian parents, who knew nothing about cricket when they first came to Australia."

Prime Minister's XI Luke Pomersbach, Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Peter Handscomb (wk), Michael Spaseski, Ben Cutting, Brett Lee (capt), James Muirhead, Clive Rose, Jackson Bird, Alister McDermott, Shane Devoy (ACT, 12th man)

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  • G.S on January 12, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Chris Lynn is great to watch and he should have been playing aganist England in place of Maxwell . Mike Hussey was included in team very late in 30's and still he made very huge impact. I think before world cup Chris Lynn should be selected for couple of tours. Some young spinner should also to be given opportunity and time.

  • playlike on January 11, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    wow.. shocked to hear this.. but am very very happy..:) love to watch hodge performance in any ground around the world.. a real class t20 player...i hope the only player who has more experience in t20 format around the world... # all the best hodge... praying for u to play t20 for australia...!!

  • Patrick on January 10, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    We can only hope that Aust selectors have smartened up enough to give Hodge what is effectively a token yet significant nonetheless opportunity come the T20 WC. There is simply no more deserving player for selection, he owns the format. He & Mike Hussey could battle it out for player of the tournament if given opportunity.

  • Dan on January 9, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    I think it's sad the prime minister doesn't pick the side anymore. Always struck me as the main perk of the job as a child..

  • Sakush on January 9, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Common Hodgie! Put up a great show! Praying the selectors put you on a plane to Bangladesh! My World T20 Squad would be: Finch, Warner, Watson, White (c), Hodge, M Hussey, Maxwell, Steven Smith, Haddin, O' Keefe, Hogg, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, Mitch Johnson and Nannes. Although a good 50 over player, Bailey is not good enough for T20. Prime Minister's XI looks very thin on batting though!

  • Izmi on January 9, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Brad Hodge is considered as one of the top ten T20 batsmen in world cricket and it's a shame that his talents in all forms of the game have been squanderd by our selectors for some reason or the other. Despite his age he should be considered for the T20 World Cup in April. Michael Hussey is another cricketer who is still good enough to represent Australia and should consider playing atleast in the T20 World Cup and the 50 over world Cup in 2015. Chris Lynn is a fine hard hitting batsman who could play for Australia in limited overs cricket very soon. James Muirhead looks a promising leg spinner with lots of potential. I saw him bowl in the BBL and I reckon he is the best spinner in the country.

  • Bob on January 9, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    That's great news...go get 'em Hodgey!

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Good to see Chris Lynn getting some recognition for a fine summer and lets be honest if it not for injury after injury the past 2 season he would have been pushing for a test spot by now. Also good to see Ben Cutting getting an opportunity as an allrounder. his hitting has been awesome, although his bowling has been below his best this year. probably his worst year with the ball. Also Mcdermott is a quality bowler who gets no recognition with the likes of Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Faulkner, NCN, Bird, Pattinson, Cummings and Starc.

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