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Brad Hodge to Captain Australia Squad @ Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2012

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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 season’s 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, “I’m excited about the tournament, especially because it’s been a long time since I’ve put on the Australian colours. I’ll 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, who’s 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.”

The squad was selected by National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with the National Selection Panel.

National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said, “We have a good mix of youth and experience in this squad and the younger squad members will benefit from Brad Hodge’s 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.”

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.

Pakistan currently 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).

Interview with Brad Hodge, Captain of Australia

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