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Michael Klinger

'I still hope to play ODIs for Australia'

Australian batsman Michael Klinger on being stranded on 99, facing Shoaib Akhtar, and nightlife in Bristol

Interview by Jack Wilson

April 26, 2014

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Michael Klinger made a half-century, Warwickshire v Gloucestershire, Friends Life t20, Midlands/West Group, Edgbaston, July, 24, 2013
Michael Klinger: also a 1970s sitcom actor © Getty Images
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Do you consider yourself unlucky never to have played for Australia?
Yes and no. In one-day cricket I've been successful and still hope to play for Australia. So maybe yes, I do, in that form of the game. In terms of Test cricket, there have been times I may have been close but there are a lot of good players in Australia and I probably haven't got the runs at the right time. I've had opportunities and haven't taken them, which is down to me.

What are you looking forward to most about working with Justin Langer at Western Australia?
I have heard such good reports about him from guys that have played with him, but not just about his cricket coaching. It's also about the way he has brought sides together and his caring nature for the players. He looks out for them in their lives away from cricket, and for me, with a wife and two little kids, that's very important. I can't wait to work with someone like him at the back end of my career.

Think back to March 3, 2001. Can you remember what happened?
(Pauses, then laughs) Ah, the declaration! I was on 99 not out for Victoria in Hobart and Paul Reiffel decided to declare.

Did you hit him? I didn't! At the time I was happy to be playing and scoring a few runs. Now, looking back, it would have been nice to get one more ball to get one more run, but I think he wanted 15 minutes to bowl at them just before lunch. I didn't even face that many balls that morning.

Your nickname is Maxy. Why?
There was a show called M*A*S*H that was on before I was born, I think. The name was given to me by an underage coach at the time. There was a person in the show called Corporal Max Klinger, who was a cross-dresser. Hopefully it's because of my surname that they called me that.

Who is your best mate in cricket?
When in Victoria, Bobby Quiney. In South Australia, Callum Ferguson.

Who is the best fielder you have shared a dressing room with?
Cameron White, for Victoria, is a good all-round fielder, whether it's as a catcher in the slips or in the inner ring.

Who has bowled the best spell you have ever faced?
Shoaib Akhtar, in a World XI game against Victoria, was outstanding. He bowled some fast bouncers and fast yorkers at me, so him.

What represents Gloucestershire's best hope of silverware this season?
The one-day tournaments. We've got a pretty good young one-day team that showed promised last season.

Where's the best place to go in Gloucestershire for a night out? With two kids, I don't get much time to go out. There was a couple of times I did after a good win last year, and a pub called Racks is a place I enjoy. A few of the younger lads dragged me to the Mbargo nightclub last season. It's not my scene but they definitely love it.

The Gloucester lads are lined up for a 100m sprint. Who would win?
I'd say Hamish Marshall. He's the oldest guy in the squad but probably the fittest and quickest.

And who would lose?
He won't like me saying this but Alex Gidman isn't the quickest over the ground.

You have played over 300 matches but have bowled six balls. How many did you go for?
It's probably six more than I should have bowled. Did I go for three in the over?

I knew it. George Bailey was too scared to get out to me.

Describe your bowling action.
I try and bowl legspin but I'm happy if they land on the pitch somewhere.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Ice cream.

Coca Cola or Pepsi?

Where do you do your weekly shopping?
In England, Sainsbury's.

Michael Klinger was speaking at a NatWest T20 Blast event. Tickets can be purchased here

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Posted by siddhartha87 on (April 27, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Dont think he can be in ODI team with Watson,Warner,Finch already occupying top 3 spots with Marsh as reserve

Posted by cricketsubh on (April 26, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

i do not think he can play for aus becoz at age 33 difficult to get chance and his shild record is not great i think aus selectors should pick young player like lyne,burns,maddinsion,cummins,richridsion,silk,anvil, for all 3 formats odis,test,t20s.plz publish cricinfo

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

As a cricketer of Jewish origin, i'd like to see him register to play for Israel because it seems that he has got zero chance of playing limited overs or test cricket for Australia due to their enormous talent pool. Israel has great potential to rise up the ICC Associate divisions.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (April 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

An FC journeyman but always a great limited overs international prospect. Unfortunately for Klinger I don't think we need both him and Bailey in the same squad. All the best to him.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (April 26, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

I was sceptical about him last season. He arrived late, didn't know the players who he would cap and took a while to adapt to conditions - logical enough. However, it did not take long for him to win me and other sceptics over. He's been superb, although his captaincy in the last few overs against Glamorgan earlier in the week was a little odd. However, no one can say that he has not made a huge contribution to the side. He batted well, led by example and helped a side of talented young players to come back from an undeserved wooden spoon in the previous year's Championship.

Sadly, his time with Gloucestershire may soon be ending unless he gets another cap, but I would not put it past him to lead the side to promotion, despite the current injury crisis among the bowlers.

Posted by Barnbarroch on (April 26, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

He's been great for Gloucestershire!

Posted by dunger.bob on (April 26, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

@ IndianInnerEdge: You said what I was thinking re. Maxy not blaming anyone for not getting picked. When it all boils down, there's nothing quite like runs on the board to influence selectors. .. We (Aus) have been a bit blighted lately with batsmen looking the goods for a while then loosing form just when people start talking about them playing in the big time. It's almost as if they're scared of higher honours. Fear of failure perhaps? .. anyway he is definitely a good player and a very nice bloke. Good luck to him.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (April 26, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

He sounds like a decent honest guy, both feet on the ground. "I probably haven't got the runs at the right time. I've had opportunities and haven't taken them, which is down to me." - wow thatz honesty, cant say have seen that from much of scimitar toting attitude fuelled T20 gladiators of today. Wishing Maxy all the best for the future from ur indian fan :)

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