Hodge is an an elegant right-handed batsman who has entertained crowds both in England and his native Australia with a flair for making big scores.
He was originally thrust into the limelight as an 18-year-old with Australian state side Victoria in 1993/94, following an exodus of many of the team's star players.
Many players at that age would have crumbled under the pressure of expectation, but Hodge shone and compiled nearly 1,000 runs in his first season.
He suffered dips in form over the next few years but in 2001/02 was back to his very best, sharing the Pura Cup Player of the Season award with Queensland’s Jimmy Maher.
In 2002 he joined Durham before moving on to Leicestershire where, in 2004, he helped the Foxes lift the Twenty20 Cup.
His fine form was rewarded with his first Cricket Australia contract the same year.
He joined Lancashire in 2005 on a two-year contract and was selected as a member of the Australia Ashes squad.
He did not feature during the Test series but helped Lancashire win the County Championship Second Division title, scoring 331 runs in seven appearances.
Hodge was named in Australia's one-day squad for the first time in November when he was selected for the three-match series against New Zealand.
He was omitted from the Australia Test squad for the series in South Africa despite averaging 77 against the same opponents in 2005/06, Hodge responded with a century for Victoria in the Pura Cup final against Queensland.
Hodge impressed again for Lancashire in 2006, making 372 runs in just six innings in a season disrupted by the birth of his child and his inclusion in the Australia A side.
He signed a contract to return as one of Lancashire's overseas players in 2007 - and their only one in 2008, when new ECB regulations come into force.
However, he was released from the early part of his 2008 deal to allow him to play in the Indian Premier League, and his subsequent inclusion in the Australia squad forced him to withdraw completely from his contract after playing just championship games.