Hodge signs for home team Melbourne Renegades

Canberra: Australian batsman Brad Hodge has been signed by the Melbourne Renegades to play in the Big Bash Twenty20 league.

Hodge confirmed his commitment to the team based at Etihad Stadium, but declined to elaborate on his reasons for choosing the Renegades ahead of the Melbourne Stars, a leading daily reported.

“With the family I was definitely keen to stay in Melbourne, and it is my home. There were opportunities to go elsewhere but I chose not to,” Hodge was quoted as saying.

Hodge fits the recruiting policy stated by Renegades coach Simon Helmot, who said he would invest heavily in Victoria``s proven Twenty20 performers, and would presumably be a strong contender to captain the team.

Meanwhile, Big Bash``s most expensive signing, Chris Gayle, suggested he would become a Twenty20 freelancer because of a complete breakdown in relations with the West Indies board.

Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies all-rounder, said from the Caribbean yesterday that he was talking to one of the Melbourne teams but was yet to commit.


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