Brad Hodge Returns Serve On Cricket Australia Investigation

"Making nothing into something"

Brad Hodge Returns Serve On Cricket Australia Investigation

Cricket Australia's integrity unit is investigating an on-air exchange between commentator Mark Howard and Adelaide skipper Brad Hodge during Wednesday night's Big Bash League match.

Hodge, speaking to Network Ten pundits during the clash between his Strikers and the Sydney Thunder, was told of Ben Laughlin's impressive recent record against Shane Watson.

Laughlin had dismissed Watson twice in his previous eight deliveries to the Thunder captain.

"Cricket Australia's integrity unit is looking into the matter further to ensure the comments made during the broadcast did not jeopardise the integrity of last night's match," a CA spokesperson said on Thursday.

"We are disappointed with the comments made on the BBL broadcast last night, and expressed this concern immediately to Channel Ten when it occurred.

"We educate our broadcasters at the beginning of each season in the area of Cricket Australia's integrity codes and policies so they fully understand the extent we take to ensure the integrity of cricket in the country."

Hodge has objected to the investigation: "perfect display of making nothing into something @Benlaughlin55 has bowled the overs 4,5,6 every game"

Network Ten apologised over the incident on Thursday, noting "the comments were in no way intended to advise Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge on game tactics or influence the outcome of the game".