Klinger, 36, called into Aussie squad

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WIT­COOP

CRICKET MICHAEL KLINGER is in line for an in­ter­na­tional de­but for Aus­tralia at the age of 36.

Klinger’s maiden call-up is a fit­ting re­ward for his out­stand­ing domestic ca­reer in first-class, one-day and T20 cricket.

The se­lec­tion of Klinger for three T20s with Sri Lanka later this month comes af­ter he was the third-lead­ing run scorer in this sum­mer’s Big Bash.

He is also the all-time lead­ing run scorer in BBL cricket, with 1,608 runs at an av­er­age of 36.54.

And he is in prime form af­ter play­ing a key role in Perth Scorchers be­ing crowned the 2017 Big Bash cham­pi­ons.

He smashed an un­beaten 71 off 49 balls to see his side home although his a long-awaited call-up comes at a time when a string of first choice play­ers are un­avail­able due to the tour of In­dia.

Klinger will be Aus­tralia’s sec­on­dold­est debu­tant in any for­mat in the past 30 years, with only Bryce McGain older on his 2009 Test de­but.

Na­tional se­lec­tor Trevor Hohns said: “Michael Klinger has been a very good player in this form of the game for some time now.

“He has a his­tory of strong per­for­mances in T20 com­pe­ti­tions in the UK and in the BBL, in­clud­ing the match­win­ning in­nings for the Perth Scorchers to se­cure this year’s BBL ti­tle.”

Perth coach Justin Langer, who will stand in to lead Aus­tralia, says Klinger war­rants a chance at the top level.

Langer said: “Michael has shown over so many years what a cham­pion he is. I know it would be a dream come true for him.”

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