Full name Michael Klinger
Born July 4, 1980, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Current age 35 years 333 days
Major teams Adelaide Strikers, Australia A, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Perth Scorchers, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Height 1.79 m
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, May 22-25, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998/99|
|Last List A||Queensland v Western Australia at Sydney, Oct 21, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Western Australia v Victoria at Perth, Jan 6, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, May 20, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|140||Gloucs||v Northants||Bristol||22 May 2016||FC|
|42*||Gloucs||v Sussex||Bristol||20 May 2016||T20|
|8||West Aust||v Queensland||Brisbane||15 Mar 2016||FC|
|7, 5||West Aust||v South Aust||Perth||5 Mar 2016||FC|
|5, 102*||West Aust||v Queensland||Perth||25 Feb 2016||FC|
|0||West Aust||v NSW||Perth||14 Feb 2016||FC|
|37||West Aust||v NSW||Lincoln||3 Feb 2016||FC|
|44||Scorchers||v Melb Stars||Melbourne||22 Jan 2016||T20|
|0||Scorchers||v Melb Stars||Perth||16 Jan 2016||T20|
|36||Scorchers||v Hurricanes||Hobart||10 Jan 2016||T20|
A technically-correct top-order batsman who made his first-class debut in the 1990s, Michael Klinger has adapted to changing teams, formats and roles, and keeps churning out runs whatever the circumstances. Klinger started in his home state of Victoria as a teenager but his progress was initially slow, and it took him five seasons to score his first hundred. A move to South Australia came in 2008-09 and it was such a successful change that in his first summer he piled up 1203 Sheffield Shield runs at 70.76, and was later handed the state's captaincy. He led the Redbacks to the 2010-11 Big Bash title and the 2011-12 Ryobi Cup, but in the Shield the team struggled and Johan Botha took over the leadership for 2012-13.
A move further west came in 2014, when Klinger signed with Western Australia after being told by the Redbacks that his place in the side could not be guaranteed. Another thousand-run Shield season followed with the Warriors, second only to team-mate Adam Voges in the whole competition. But while a Test call-up came for Voges at 35, the similarly-aged Klinger received no such international attention, and had to settle for another productive season with Western Australia in 2015-16.
Although his batting style would seem best suited to the long format, Klinger has proven an exceptional batsman in one-day and T20 cricket, where his correct strokeplay and good judgment of when to go aerial has been just as effective as the more adventurous batting of younger colleagues. He earned an IPL deal with Kochi Tuskers Kerala and in 2011 and was the highest run scorer in the Big Bash League in 2014-15.
Named captain of Gloucestershire in 2013, he enjoyed an outstanding season in the UK with over 2000 runs across all formats and was welcomed back for the next three seasons. Nothing was more impressive than his 531 runs at an average of 132.75 in the Royal London Cup which, in 2015, played a huge part in Gloucestershire reaching their first Lord's final for 11 years. He travelled back from Australia for the semi-final against Yorkshire and defied jetlag to make a matchwinning hundred.
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