Australia news April 14, 2014

Klinger angered by departure from SA

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left the state for a richer contract with Western Australia.

Currently in England as captain of Gloucestershire, 33-year-old Klinger said he was cornered into the decision after being told he was no guarantee of taking his usual place in the SA top order for 2014-15. This directive surprised Klinger, who still retains ambitions of playing for Australia at next year's World Cup.

"I was disappointed and disagreed with the feedback I received. Two Shield games ago I scored a double-ton for South Australia," Klinger told The Advertiser. "Without sounding arrogant, I feel I am too good a player to not play a full season of Shield cricket. I still have ambitions to play one-day cricket for Australia in the 2015 World Cup but if you are not playing Shield cricket you are out of people's minds."

When the move was announced, SACA's high performance manager Jamie Cox had said that Klinger's decision was influenced by the provision of greater "contract security" with the Warriors. However Klinger said he had not been seeking a contract extension or greater remuneration, and was hurt to be leaving teammates he had grown close to and a city he and his family had made their home over six years.

"It was not a contract or money issue," he said. "The two years over one from WA helped, but I only had a guaranteed opportunity to play first-class cricket in one place. The hardest thing is leaving my team-mates. SA will have success soon and to not be part of that hurts a lot.

"It has been a pretty emotional couple of sleepless nights for us. The decision was taking a toll. I was getting a lot of love from Justin Langer, saying I would help their young players and help as a leader for WA."

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  • Lachlan on April 21, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    As a Western Australian, this is great news. A great signing!

  • Tim on April 16, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Are South Australia trying to lose next year? What a ridiculous decision, and I'm not surprised he was "getting a lot of love from Justin Langer." If a player like Klinger was available, I'm surprised every state wasn't after him. Good luck Maxy, you deserved far better treatment,

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Klinger is still the only bloke in that team who opposition sides would fear, and is a fantastic leader. Astonishing SA have let him go like this after the service he's given since crossing over from Vic. Time for South Australians to speak up - I'd be livid if my team let go a player like this.

  • Andrew on April 15, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Jamie Cox strikes again. And always for the greater good....

  • Philip on April 15, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Klinger is one of the best proper opening bats in the country - especially amongst the right-handed ones. Victoria could do with having him back. Only, he left here for a reason too.

  • Michael on April 15, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Clyde and Graham Loveday: Yes, Klinger's average in FC overall is <40 but this includes his poor seasons with Vic before coming here. He has averaged about 45 in FC for SA and about the same in ODD cricket at a high strike rate (in the mid 80s I think). He has been our best bat over the last 6 or 7 years by a country mile. He certainly didn't deserve this treatment. Shades of Ryan Harris and Cosgrove's earlier treatment, I think. No wonder we can't get anywhere. A top order of Klinger, Cosgrove, Hughes, Ferguson, Head and Cooper would have had me salivating next season. All the best in WA, Maxy and thanks for everything you've done for SA cricket. Some of us appreciate what you've done.

  • James on April 15, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    He is not good enough. His First Class average is under 40, according to Cricinfo. I am sure he would move it near enough the 50 if he was able to. And doing this would seem simpler and more effective than the talk about it.

  • David on April 15, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    So they get Cosgrove back and say goodbye to Klinger. One is a consummate professional, leader and future coach and the other, well...I suppose he can bat. Good call SACA...

  • Kenso on April 14, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Agree with Grahams tough stance. Runs = selection. He should have backed himself. Nobody in elite sport is guaranteed a spot. If he doesnt score runs at WA he will still be dropped its just that WA may have used nicer language in describing that process to bring him across. Hes a good player but in my opinion hes just not an option for ODI world cup

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    If he's so confident that he's too good to not get picked then what's the problem? Score runs, get in the side and perform. Sounds like a cop out to me.

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