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Strikers lock in Hodge for two more seasons

11 November 2015

Brad Hodge will on until at least the end of BBL|06 // Getty Images

Veteran batsman will play on for BBL|05 and BBL|06 in dual role as player and coach

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge is set to play on past his 42nd birthday, after re-signing with the Adelaide Strikers until the end of BBL|06.

Hodge, who has also thrown his hat in the ring to be part of the Pakistan Super League in the United Arab Emirates next February, will continue working with the KFC Big Bash League club in his dual role of batsman and assistant coach.

New Strikers coach Jason Gillespie said Hodge's experience would be invaluable over the next two seasons.

"We’ve got a fairly young group so it’s great to have an experienced player like Brad on board longer term to mentor the group along the way," Gillespie said. 

"He is definitely a unique asset for us in that he’s an active player who will also be working very closely with the entire playing group to make sure we’re well prepared for a great season."

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Hodge featured in three games for the Strikers last season, but his campaign was temporarily cut short by injury when he succumbed to a minor fracture in his right forearm which halted his campaign.

He returned to the Strikers’ semi-final side that fell short against the Sydney Sixers. 

Hodge, 40, enjoyed a productive stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) this year with Guyana, finishing as the tournament’s seventh-highest runs-scorer.

When he revealed his PSL intentions in September Hodge told cricket.com.au he was eagerly anticipating another season of the Big Bash, during which he will turn 41.

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"I’ve probably got a little bit left in me, which is nice," he said.

"I think if my performances drop off, I’ll know, but that hasn’t happened yet.

"The breaks actually really help your motivation. You get excited in the build-up to each tournament."

The Strikers boosted their bowling stocks for the upcoming BBL season last month when they signed gigantic Queensland fast bowler Billy Stanlake.

It will be the third season Holland has spent with the club, having first joined the Strikers for BBL|03.

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