4 Great players who played fewer than 25 Tests
- The article looks at a few players who have had a big impact at the international level but managed to play only a few tests
#2 Brad Hodge
An average of 55.89 and a high score of 203, Brad Hodge managed to wear the baggy green only on six occasions. Most commonly known for his T20 exploits, Hodge could never really breakthrough the legendary batting line up of the Aussies in the first decade of this millennium.
One could say he has been unlucky and if for any other country, would have retired as a legend by now. Hodge's path to a national call up was similar to his counterpart Michael Hussey.
Both had to wait for lightyears before getting the national call-up. But Hodge didn’t last long in the international arena. Having scored over a whopping 33,000 runs in domestic cricket across all formats in about 25 years, it's unfortunate that Brad Hodge couldn't carve a niche for himself in international cricket.
#3 Simon Jones
Simon Jones, the skiddy fast bowler from Glamorgan (England), has a storyline similar to that of Shane Bond. He is most commonly known for his 2005 ashes exploits where he managed to pick 18 wickets at an average of 21 in the historic series. He hasn’t been able to add to his career since that series.
Long Before Ashes, he had even battled a career-threatening ankle injury, but his undying attitude made sure he extended his career. He was a master of reverse swing and in-swing and his wicket of Micheal Clarke at the Old Trafford is still fresh in the minds of many. In the 18 test matches that he has represented ECB, he has bagged 59 wickets at an average of 28.