Klinger sparkles on Aussie de­but

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

CRICKET MICHAEL KLINGER did his Aus­tralia hopes no harm af­ter mak­ing an eye-catch­ing start to his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

Klinger, 36, was re­warded with a lon­gawaited call up to face Sri Lanka for their Twenty 20 se­ries.

And al­though he was part of a largely sec­ond-string side, his con­sis­tent form with the bat sug­gested he could have a part to play for the Aussies mov­ing for­ward.

Klinger’s age might count against him but scores of 38, 43 and 62 only boosted his chances of fur­ther caps in the short form of the game.

He gave Aus­tralia — who lost the T20 se­ries on home soil — a plat­form at the top of the in­nings with his im­pres­sive ball-strik­ing.

De­spite his steady show­ing on the big­gest stage, Klinger, who was val­ued at £60,000, missed out on a pay-day in the In­dian Premier League auc­tion.

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Michael Klinger

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