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Kyle Hodsoll began the year in the international wilderness. He ends it as an integral part of the Bermuda set-up and a shining example of hard work paying off.

The Bailey's Bay quick bowler has forced himself into David Moore's squad on the back of an impressive summer with his club side and a winter where he has done everything that has been asked of him by the Australian.

Even though he was a member of the ill-fated tour to Canada in September, come the end of the season Hodsoll was still on the fringes of the team, behind the likes of Kevin Tucker, Justin Pitcher and Jordan Desilva.

Tucker and Pitcher though won't be travelling to Dubai tomorrow, and for Hodsoll all those nights in the nets and at the track have made a difference.

“I think the hard work is starting to pay off, I've been working really hard to try to be solid and and keep my position in the squad,” said Hodsoll.

“I've tried to work real hard on my fitness, my bowling, and improve my batting a bit more.

“I've been working on my inswinging yorker and my slower balls, I've been trying to perfect that a bit more.

“Over the cricket season, the local season, I got a lot of wickets with my slow ball. So I'm trying to perfect that so that when we go away I can perform that at the international level.”

Moore has made it clear several times that making it on to the plane for the five-game series against UAE is the easy part.

The hard part will be for the players to prove that they deserve to be part of the next trip to the Middle East, when Bermuda play in the Division Two qualifiers in April.

It's a message that Hodsoll has taken on board. “The hard work is starting to pay off,” he said. “I just want to go out there and prove myself and make it into the team for the tournament in April.”

While April might be the long-term goal, Hodsoll's motivation comes more from a desire to return to the international scene after missing out for almost two years. And while he denies that being ignored by the cricket board was hard, he seems to take a certain amount of pleasure from his return.

“It wasn't difficult, it was just more motivation for me to come back push harder, push harder and to get myself back into the squad,” said Hodsoll.

“I didn't look at it as a bad thing, I just looked at it as motivation and fuel for me to get back into the team.”

Making the cut for the Division Two qualifiers is the aim of every member of the squad that leaves for Dubai tomorrow, and Hodsoll has set himself some targets that he hopes will help him achieve his goal.

“I want to try and average at least two wickets a game, two to three wickets a game, and keep my run rate down,” he said.

“I don't want the batsmen score off me, I want to be more economical. That's just my goals and then try to bat myself in and show the coach that I can bat as well.

“I've been batting in the nets with (David) Moore and that's built up my confidence a lot and hopefully I can go away and show that confidence and put some runs on the board.”

Bermuda squad: D Hemp, J Anderson, D Bell, D Borden, L Cann, F Crockwell, J Desilva, C Foggo, K Hodsoll, M Jones, S Kelly, K Leverock, D Stovell, R Trott, J West.

Dennico Hollis practices his off drive during national team training at BHS yesterday.
Bermuda's cricketers spent much of yesterday's training session in front of bowling machines as they prepare for the five game series against UAE in Dubai. Bermuda fly out tomorrow night, and their first game is on January 4.
Irving Romaine continued his recovery from a knee injury with a light net session during national team training at BHS yesterday.
Bermuda head coach David Moore has a chat with several members of the national squad during a water break at BHS yesterday.

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Published December 29, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 29, 2010 at 8:17 am)

Hodsoll proves that hard work pays off

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