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Brad Hodge bids adieu to all forms of competitive cricket

Brad Hodge had made his First Class debut way back in 1993-94 season.

Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge. (Photo by Daniel Carson/Getty Images)

Veteran Australian cricketer Brad Hodge has called it quits in his cricket career recently. Hodge, who is revered as one of the best in the business in the shortest format of the game, is set to retire from all forms of competitive cricket this season. He was last seen playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League 2017-18 season. During the course of the tournament, he was diagnosed with Apendicitis, due to which he had to miss out on the last two league games of the Renegades and their semi-final match against the Adelaide Strikers.

In the semis, the Strikers beat the Renegades to storm in to the finals. With the exit of Renegades, Hodge’s career has also come to an end. Brad Hodge remarked that he will play for his club in the finals of the local league and then hang his boots. Commenting on his surgery, he remarked that a few hours here and there, and things could have been lot worse. It was the early diagnosis and the technology that saved him from falling in to a serious health concern.

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“This will be the end of the road. I’ll represent (Melbourne club) East Sandringham in the finals and that will be it for my cricket career,” quoted Brad Hodge to News Corp.

“Technology now keeps you up and about, but (the doctor) stated that 30-40 years ago it could have been the end of the road. Time-wise for me, I was probably fortunate I went in (to hospital) on the Saturday in Melbourne. If I’d left it another 24 hours it could have been a lot worse. The surgeon didn’t paint a great picture of what was happening inside there,” Hodge added further.

On playing in the BBL

Brad Hodge had made his First Class debut way back in 1993-94 season. He went on to play 6 Tests, 25 ODIs, and 15 T20Is for the national side. In the T20 format, he has been a globe trotter and has amassed 7406 runs in the format. Commenting on the BBL, he mentioned it was good fun. Furthermore, he noted that there is no point playing if one cannot have an impact.

“It’s a good fun time, I love being involved and I really look forward to it. My thoughts on playing are if you can’t make an impact, then don’t play. If I can’t do what I have to do on the field, then I’ll walk off and pack it in,” he told bigbash.com.au.

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