The 42 year-old, who is currently sitting fourth on the leading run-scorer’s table with 247 runs to his name, has looked every bit his superstar self in BBL|06, averaging a very healthy 41.17 at a strike rate of 132.
His form, in combination with the opportunity to pass on his invaluable experience and T20 knowledge to the young stars of the domestic competition, he says is too difficult to pass up.
“I’ll be playing, I’m going to play on for sure,” he said following the Strikers 6-run loss to the Renegades in their last home match of the season.
“I’m really happy with the way I played, personally. I’m disappointed not be able to lead the team into a finals series, particularly after the past two seasons.
“I was hoping this year might have been one of those ones where you sneak in the back door, make the four, and go onto something great, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this year, but hopefully next year.”
Hodge, who is out of contract at the end of the season, says he’d like to play on with the Strikers should he be able to come to a new deal, citing the fans, uniform and Adelaide Oval as major drawcards for the team.
“This colour suits me, it’s just whether everyone else agrees that this is the right colour,” he laughed.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s overwhelming how special this Strikers unit is to this crowd. It’s an hour past the game… and the kids and families are still hanging around for autographs.
“It’s not the best colosseum in the world, that’s the MCG, but I reckon it’s the best cricket stadium in the world. I reckon it’s got Lord’s covered.”