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Klinger sweeps South Australia awards

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 24, 2012

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Michael Klinger crunches one through the off side, South Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup final, Adelaide, February 25, 2012
Michael Klinger enjoyed a productive year in all three formats © Getty Images
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South Australia's captain Michael Klinger dominated the state's awards night on Friday, being named the Redbacks' best player in the Sheffield Shield and the Ryobi Cup, and the best Adelaide Strikers T20 player for the summer.

Klinger finished one vote ahead of Daniel Christian in the Lord Hampden Trophy, awarded to the state's best Sheffield Shield player, after a season in which he scored 835 runs at 46.38. The Redbacks had a disappointing Shield season, failing to win a match, although they had plenty of success in the Ryobi Cup.

South Australia took out the 50-over title for the first time in 25 years, with a tied home final against Tasmania. Klinger made 498 runs at 55.33 in the Ryobi Cup and ended up as the tournament's leading run scorer, so it was no surprise that he finished on 112 votes, ahead of Tom Cooper on 103 votes.

But Cooper, who had been named the Ryobi Cup Player of the Year at the annual State Cricket Awards in Brisbane, won the Barry Jarman Most Improved Trophy after a breakout season. In the Adelaide Strikers voting, Klinger finished one vote ahead of Johan Botha and Aaron O'Brien to be the team's best T20 player of the Big Bash League.

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Posted by zenboomerang on (March 27, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Klinger was a no-brainer to get the SA award - thought Christian & Cooper also had v.g. seasons... With many failures at Test level with our batting, it has been surprising that Klinger hasn't been included in a series... With so many CA contracts being dropped this autumn it looks like SA could possibly pick up a number of interstate players...

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