Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has been appointed as the head-coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab for a three-year term.

Hodge, 42, held a similar role with Gujarat Lions for the last two seasons and will now report to KXIP’s mentor-cum director of cricket, Virender Sehwag.

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The position of head-coach was informally held by Sehwag after Team India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar resigned in December 2016.

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Hodge continues to feature as an active player and will be playing for Melbourne Renegades in the 2017-18 Big Bash League (BBL) before joining KXIP for the next season of IPL.