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Hodge steps up but Buchanan misses out in state coaching roles

Brad Hodge has stepped up his bid to become coach of the men’s Victorian cricket team but Cameron White has pulled out of the running unless the job becomes a short-term contract.

Hodge, the former Test batsman, the state’s leading run scorer in Sheffield Shield history and a former coach in the IPL, has again met with Shaun Graf, Victoria’s head of cricket, in recent weeks and is keen to take charge but there remains uncertainty as to when an appointment could be made.

Sources on Monday said an appointment was likely before Cricket Victoria’s annual general meeting on August 31.

In frame: Brad Hodge.

In frame: Brad Hodge.Credit:Wayne Ludbey

The role could begin in September but may be delayed until there is clarity from Cricket Australia on when the shield season will start. If the shield campaign does not begin until closer to Christmas, or even into the New Year, because of the fall-out of COVID-19, the coaching role could only be a four or five month contract. The Vics are keen to save money, at a time of belt-tightening in Australian cricket.

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