Hodge in Maxwell cor­ner

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BRAD Hodge has joined the cho­rus of for­mer Test play­ers urg­ing se­lec­tors to stick with Glenn Maxwell for the Ashes.

Who will be picked at No.6 re­mains the great­est un­known ahead of the squad for the first Test be­ing named on Fri­day.

The two most re­cent oc­cu­pants are Maxwell and West­ern Aus­tralia’s Hil­ton Cartwright.

But the door could still be ajar for a bolter such as WA’s Cameron Ban­croft, who has racked up sev­eral big scores in the Sh­effield Shield.

Hodge, who has signed with Mel­bourne Rene­gades for the next Big Bash sea­son, says fel­low Vic­to­rian Maxwell has shown he is ca­pa­ble of thriv­ing un­der ad­ver­sity.

“I think he’s earned the op­por­tu­nity,” Hodge said yes­ter­day.

“No one has jumped out of their skin to try and take that po­si­tion. I def­i­nitely think he’s got the tech­nique to come in at 4-100 when Aus­tralia’s un­der pres­sure.

“That’s the one thing peo­ple need to clar­ify. It’s not com­ing in at 4-270 when you’re al­ready in front, it’s com­ing in un­der pres­sure, and that’s one of the things se­lec­tors will prob­a­bly look at.”

Test greats Shane Warne and Michael Slater both re­cently de­clared Maxwell de­served to play in his first Test series on home soil.

Pic­tures: PAT SCALA

UP AND ABOUT: New­town and Chilwell spear­head Jack­son Davis cel­e­brates a wicket and lets rip (be­low) early.

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