Brad Hodge has played his last game for Victoria after announcing his retirement from domestic one-day cricket.
Hodge retired from first-class cricket in 2009 but continued to be part of Victoria’s limited-overs side and helped them win the Ryobi Cup last summer.
Hodge, 37, has indicated that he will remain active as a Twenty20 player meaning he is available for the Indian Premier League and possibly the second season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
“I think it’s just time to step aside and let some other guys come through,” Hodge said.
“I’m obviously delighted to have played this long.
“I guess like anyone in the world, once you’ve done something for so long it’s hard to let go.
“There’s a lot of good talent that’s there (at the Bushrangers). I’ve done my job, I’ve presented a good case for players to watch and to learn how to do it and it’s been fun along the way.
“I don’t feel as if this is retirement because retirement for me was when I retired from four-day cricket. This is more like a changing of the guard.”
Hodge has scored more runs (5597) and struck more centuries (20) than any other player in Australia’s domestic one-day history. He has been part of three one-day title-winning sides with Victoria.
“Brad Hodge has been an ornament to the game in Victoria and is a true legend of our domestic scene,” Victorian coach Greg Shipperd said.
“He has brought great joy to those who have witnessed the purity and skill of his batting for so many seasons.
“Brad has been instrumental in a period of sustained success for the Bushrangers and has assisted mightily in the development of those around him.
“The Bushrangers brothers will miss his unique talent, but wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”