Klinger de­but worth the wait

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - CARO’S COL­UMN

I CAN’T think of too many sports­men or women who have made their in­ter­na­tional de­but aged 36.

It’s no sur­prise Michael Klinger shed tears when he was in­formed by West­ern Aus­tralia coach Justin Langer of his call-up to the Aus­tralia cricket team. Fi­nally. What on earth took the se­lec­tors so long?

Klinger has been one of the most con­sis­tent run-scor­ers in all forms of cricket for the past few sea­sons, any­where in the world. How he was over­looked at this week’s IPL auc­tion is be­yond me.

Mel­bourne-born Klinger is one of the most adept per­form­ers in white­ball cricket. He has an un­be­liev­able strike-rate and reper­toire of shots. He warmed-up for his de­but match with throw­downs from for­mer Aussie cap­tain Ricky Ponting and coped with his nerves ad­mirably.

Ian Wright and Jamie Vardy are other late de­vel­op­ers in the sport­ing arena, but it’s been a whole new ball game for the red-hot Klinger.

North Lon­don Raiders C are sched­uled to be­come the first MGBSFL team to com­plete their sea­son when they host Red­bridge Jewish Care C in Divi­sion Two on Sun­day.

When I asked NLR boss Sam Rose if fin­ish­ing be­fore end of Fe­bru­ary is some kind of record, he replied: “Yeah … in­san­ity!”

An NLR win would vir­tu­ally hand long-time lead­ers L’Equipe the ti­tle and they ap­proach the game in con­fi­dent mood.

Rose said: “We’ve had a fan­tas­tic sec­ond half of the sea­son and have shown phe­nom­e­nal im­prove­ment. Our team spirit has im­proved bound­lessly and we firmly be­lieve if we can carry our form into next sea­son we’ll be in the race for pro­mo­tion.

“We’ll be look­ing to fin­ish the sea­son on a high with a pos­i­tive re­sult against Red­bridge.”

See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com. Email dcaro@thejc.com and/or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter: @DjCaro

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