Michael Klinger announces retirement from First-class cricket
Prominent Australian cricketer Michael Klinger on Friday (March 2) decided to retire from the First-class cricket.
In his latest statement, Klinger revealed that it has been a great learning curve for him. He added he was proud to represent the BBL franchise Perth Scorchers and Warriors to lift the coveted trophies.
“Throughout this period, I’ve learnt about professionalism, effective communication, having fun and have been extremely fortunate to be part of four trophy-winning teams with the Warriors and Scorchers,” Klinger was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
Western Australia’s season has literally come to an end with just two wins in eight matches. Now, the Warriors stand at the fifth spot in the six-team JLT Sheffield Shield season.
Warriors are also set to play their final fixture of the Shield season. The management had also stated they could introduce Klinger as per the requirement.
The top-order batsman Klinger missed all-important matches for Scorchers during the seventh edition of BBL.
“I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to have been part of the Australian domestic cricket structure for 19 years in a row and I’ve loved and appreciated every minute of it,” the 37-year-old said in a statement.
After expressing his choice to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2017, Klinger further missed the ongoing edition of the Shield.
Pertinently, Klinger has gone through worst of his career. It later saw her wife Cindy being diagnosed with cancer.
“I also need to send a huge thank you to my family for all their support, in particular my wife Cindy and kids Bailey, Summer and Easton, who have travelled with me for the last 10 years, both interstate and overseas, to give me the best opportunity to chase my dreams,” Klinger maintained.
The 37-year-old right-handed batsman Klinger, however, made his international appearance in February 2017 against Sri Lanka.
Unfortunately, he did not make it to the Test fold despite playing for Australia A.
Moreover, having a plenty of cricketing experience on his back, Klinger represented English county teams Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. At home in the domestic circuit, he further played for South Australia and Victoria.
The veteran cricketer Klinger played three Twenty20 Internationals for Australia. He scored 143 runs at an average of 47.66. He has also registered a fifty under his belt.
Interestingly, playing the vital for Warriors, Michael Klinger amassed 11,320 at an average of 39.20 in 180 matches. He smashed 30 tons and 49 fifties between 1998 and 2017.
While calling stumps on his four-day competition, Klinger, however, will continue his participation in the domestic professional Twenty20 Big Bash League.
Moreover, Klinger has set the horizon on the short-paced tournament. He has impressed many while donning the whites. And his Western Australia coach Justin Langer was in awe of his performance.
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