Finally someone has shown the balls to come out and challenge the inner sanctum of Australian cricket. Hodge has realised his international career is over and has unleashed the truth about the difficulties of forcing your way into an Australian side dominated by NSW cricketers. Perhaps only Jamie Siddons could claim to be unluckier than Hodge in the last generation. At least Hodge got some opportunities. I loved what he had to say about having to take someone elses place and how hard that is when it is Katich, a man who had the support of Clarke, Lee and McGrath.
This year’s CA contract awarded to Hodge makes the least sense of all. Why give a man a contract then leave him out of the T20 World Cup, the Ashes tour and the one day competition in England? Was it to just give him hope, and then snuff that hope out? Maybe it was for the same reason they took Ronald on the tour, and then left him out when Hussey was struggling and we needed another bowler? Who took his spot in the last three tests? What state does he play for?