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Michael Klinger

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Michael Klinger

Personal information

Full name

Michael Klinger


4 July 1980 (age 34)

Kew, Victoria, Australia




1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)

Batting style



Opening Batsman

Source: CricketArchive, 13 October 2014

Michael Klinger

Medal record

Maccabiah Games


Israel 1997


Michael Klinger (born 4 July 1980) is an Australian cricketer currently listed with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers. His nickname is "Maxy", after the M*A*S*H character Maxwell Klinger.[1]

Before the 2008–09 season, Klinger played for Victoria and for St Kilda Cricket Club in Premier Cricket. He joined the South Australia Redbacks for the 2008–09 season, was named their Captain in 2010, and won the Allan Border Medal as Cricket Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. He was one of the 350 players under the hammer for the IPL Auction 2011, and was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala.


  1. 11 Career

    1. 11.1 Victoria

    2. 21.2 South Australia

    3. 31.3 Indian Premier League

    4. 41.4 Gloucestershire

    5. 51.5 Western Australia

  2. 22 Awards

  3. 33 Career best performances

  4. 44 See also

  5. 55 References

  6. 66 Sources

  7. 77 External links



He attended Mount Scopus Memorial College, of which he graduated in 1998. As a young batsman, Klinger was named Captain of the Australia Under 19's Mens Cricket team – his deputy being Michael Clarke latterly Australia Vice Captain and as of 2011 Captain of the Test and ODI teams.[2]

Klinger began as an 18-year old youngster in the 1998–99 season. His career lowlight was the 2000–01 season when he made a famous 99 not out, with captain Paul Reiffel declaring the innings closed, a move which brought great controversy[3] and remains the only batsman in Australian cricket to be stranded on 99 due to a declaration.[4] This caused Klinger some great upset, and following it Klinger had several less successful years, but returned to contention for a spot in the Victorian Bushrangers side for the 2005–06 season. He quickly made his first first-class cricket century, and then followed it up with his first List A one-day century, but his first class form soon dropped, and he was replaced in the side by Lloyd Mash, not to return in the Pura Cup all season. In 2003 he was the club professional for Walkden in the Bolton Cricket League.

In Season 2006–07 he started off in the outer from the Pura Cup side, but started off his Ford Ranger Cup season in style, nearly getting a century early on, and then following it up with one. He led the runs scoring in the competition for much of the season, eventually finishing 3rd. Klinger's rise to the Pura Cup team came only when Brad Hodge was called up by Australia for their ODI Series, and Klinger's recent form had been wavy, with his last game for the 2nd XI yielding a first innings duck, but second innings century. Klinger was soon to do the same for the 1st XI, but the century ensured that when Hodge returned, Klinger survived. He finished the season as a regular fixture of the Bushrangers side, and was part of a great partnership with David Hussey in a match against NSW, in which the Vics defied all odds to chase down a massive total of 360 on an extremely poor 4th day pitch (it was later described as a 3rd day pitch on day 1 by Hussey), scoring 102.

South Australia

Klinger joined the South Australia Redbacks for the 2008–09 season in order to get more opportunities at state level, where he began batting at number 3 rather than opening, and saw immediate success, scoring a maiden 150 against old state Victoria in his first game. Then, against Western Australia on 11 November, Klinger scored his maiden double century, finishing on 255, and he continued to score heavily in both the Sheffield Shield and the Ford Ranger Cup, and hit his third century for the season against Queensland at the Gabba, and his first away from the traditionally batting friendly Adelaide Oval.

On 11 December 2008, Klinger posted his highest individual score in one day cricket, with an unbeaten 133 off just 128 balls. This guided South Australia to victory in their high-scoring match against the Tasmania Tigers at the Adelaide Oval. This was Klinger's fourth one-day century. He won the Australian Cricketers' Association's December 2008 Johnnie Walker player-of-the-month award.[5]

In 2010, Klinger was named Captain of the Redbacks.[6]

Indian Premier League

Klinger was one of the 350 players under the hammer for the IPL Auction 2011, and was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for US$ 75,000.[7]


In December 2012, Klinger was signed by English county Gloucestershire, not only as their overseas player for the 2013 season, but also as their captain, taking over from Alex Gidman. He had previously stood in for Phil Hughes at Worcestershire at the beginning of the previous season.[8] He scored over 1000 runs in the County Championship, scoring 6 centuries, plus another 1000 runs in the limited over competitions. Due to his success, Klinger returned to captain Gloucs again for the 2014 season.[9] He was their leading run scorer in the One Day Cup, until he broke his arm playing against Derbyshire in August.[10]

Western Australia

Klinger signed a two-year contract with Western Australia in April 2014.[11] He recovered from the broken arm to make his debut for WA in the 2014–15 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup in October.[12]


  1. State Cricket Players of the Year: 2009

  2. State Cricket Players of the Year: 2010

Career best performances

Michael Klinger batting in the nets in February 2010

as of 31 December 2013








Southern Redbacks v Western Warriors





Southern Redbacks v Tasmanian Tigers

Sydney (BO)




Gloucestershire Gladiators v Worcestershire Royals



See also

  1. List of select Jewish cricketers


  1. 1Jump up
    Johnson, Lyall (12 December 2006). "Klinger, and Vics, stake their claims". The Age. Retrieved 11 February 2011.

  2. 2Jump up
    Berry, Darren (7 December 2008). "Ashes tour on the cards for Klinger". The Age. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

  3. 3Jump up
    Polack, John (3 March 2001). "Tigers prolong Klinger's agony on gloomy day for Victoria". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

  4. 4Jump up
    Miller, p. 95.

  5. 5Jump up
    Hogan, Jesse (14 January 2009). "Prolific Klinger named the best". The Age. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

  6. 6Jump up
    "Klinger appointed Redbacks' captain". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

  7. 7Jump up
    Masters, James (13 January 2011). "Michael Klinger ready to cash in on IPL". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 11 February 2011.

  8. 8Jump up
    "Gloucestershire sign Michael Klinger as captain for 2013". BBC Sport. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

  9. 9Jump up
    "Gloucestershire captain excited about new season". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

  10. 10Jump up
    "Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger suffers broken arm". 22 August 2014.

  11. 11Jump up
    Elborough, Brad (12 April 2014). "WA signs Michael Klinger".

  12. 12Jump up
    "New recruit Michael Klinger ready to fire for WA in Matador One-Day Cup". 1 October 2014.


  1. Miller, A. (2001) Allan's Cricket Annual, Allan Miller: Perth. ISBN 0 9586122 3 4.

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