Old mentor says Hodge is no hack

Colac football export Luke Hodge will have a chance to showcase his cricket skills during a charity match for Australia’s bushfire crisis. The former Hawthorn premiership captain is pictured back in 2005 after he made 224 runs to land Lorne a B Grade cricket premiership.

Luke Hodge’s former junior representative cricket mentor says the decorated Colac athlete won’t look out of place rubbing shoulders with some of the all-time greats of the sport.

AFL champion Hodge will join a host of international cricket legends and high-profile sportspeople in a bushfire relief charity match next month.

The four-time Hawthorn premiership footballer, who hung up the boots at the end of last year, will play a T20 alongside and against superstars like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist in a curtain-raiser to the Big Bash League final.

Warne and Ponting will captain the teams, which have yet to be finalised, with Indian great Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies icon Courtney Walsh at the helm as coaches.

Hodge was a promising cricketer as a junior with Colac West and had stints with Colac district clubs Irrewarra and Lorne during the early stages of his AFL career at Hawthorn.

The former number one AFL draft pick famously made 224 runs and took four wickets to lead Lorne to a B Grade premiership in the CDCA in 2005, while he was stranded on 99 runs in a Melbourne Country Week match after he was a late inclusion in 2006.

Hodge also had a stint with a Barwon Rockets under-18 squad and Bryan Thomas, who coached the pathway outfit for almost two decades, said he was a special cricket talent.

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