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[HD video below] Brad Hodge will captain and coach the Australia
squad for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament, which will take place
27-28 October 2012 at the Kowloon Cricket Club.
Hodge, one of the top batsmen in last
seasonís inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League, will lead a selection
of explosive Australian cricketers in the two-day tournament.
Meyrick Buchanan, Cameron Borgas, Travis Birt,
Tim Armstrong, Theo Doropoulos and Steve Paulsen have also been named in the squad.
Hodge said, ďIím excited about
the tournament, especially because itís been a long time since
Iíve put on the Australian colours. Iíll be taking on a bit of a
mentoring role as coach and captain and I look forward to sharing
my knowledge with the guys, particularly with someone like Meyrick
Buchanan, whoís still only a teenager but has been very impressive
so far. I think it will be a great learning experience for all of
us and a good opportunity to find a bit of form before the start
of the Big Bash League.Ē
The squad was selected by
National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with the
National Selection Panel.
National Talent Manager
Greg Chappell said, ďWe have a good mix of youth and experience in
this squad and the younger squad members will benefit from Brad
Hodgeís presence as captain/coach. Australia has a good record in
Hong Kong and this tournament has exposed the talent of the likes
of David Warner in the past. No doubt Brad will be keen for his
team to acquit themselves well.Ē
According to Hong
Kong Sixes tournament rules, each team fields six players. Each
game consists of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each
side, which is increased to eight-ball overs in the final.
Australia won the tournament in 2010, when David Warner
and Ryan Carters hit 48 runs from the last over of the final to give Australia victory. Following the final, Warner was called up
for international T20 selection.
holds the Hong Kong Sixes trophy.
Australia 2012 Squad
Brad Hodge (Captain, age 37), Meyrick Buchanan (19),
Cameron Borgas (29), Travis Birt (30), Tim Armstrong (22), Theo Doropoulos (27), Steve Paulsen (31), Bernard Moran (Manager).