James is so Fuller praise for 'unbelievable' Klinger
MICHAEL Klinger's outstanding performances for Gloucestershire this season have drawn admiring glances from the Nevil Road rank and file.
The Australian has been in outstanding form in the first of a two-year stint as County captain, topping the run charts in all competitions.
He has enhanced his standing in his two most recent performances in the YB40, a superb unbeaten 131 in the defeat to rivals Somerset on Sunday and Tuesday's match-winning 89 not out against Leicestershire.
Gloucestershire head to Lord's today to face a Middlesex side that are also gunning for qualification from Group C of the YB40 competition and pace ace James Fuller is backing Klinger to continue his fine form.
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"The skipper has been unbelievable and scored 200 runs more than anyone else across the board this summer," Fuller said.
"He has done it in all formats and played consistently well in all of the games.
"He is leading us really well, but it is also so good to have a batsman you can rely on to get runs. The way he is going right now, it looks as though nothing can stop him.
"He leads from the front and is always trying to attack the opposition. That is really good for the bowlers, because he is always trying to get wickets rather than contain.
"He speaks well, but is pretty quiet and prefers to let his batting do his talking for him. And his bat has been doing a lot of talking this summer."
Playing at cricket's legendary headquarters, famed slope and all, will be a new experience for a number of Gloucestershire's players and new ball bowler Fuller is genuinely excited at the prospect.
He added: "This will be my first game at Lord's and my family will be there to see it, so I'm really excited.
"I went there on a ground tour once, but I've not played there and I've not even seen a game there, only on TV.
"I'm not worrying about the slope at all, I'm just looking forward to running in to bowl at such a great venue."
While supporters will no doubt have one eye on today's Group C contest between leaders Somerset and Yorkshire at Taunton, Gloucestershire's fate remains in their own hands.
They are level on points with Somerset at the top of the table, but have a game in hand and victory in their final three matches will guarantee qualification for the last four.
"It's simple for us. Win all three games and we're through," Fuller said. "But we have to break it down and take it one game at a time.
"Middlesex is the next one and the home games against Glamorgan and Somerset will not matter if we don't win at Lord's.
"We came at the opposition really hard (on Tuesday) and we have to take that same approach into the Middlesex game. We have to be really pumped.
"The moment we start taking the opposition lightly, is the moment we will come unstuck.
"We have to keep attacking and playing with the same intensity if we are to win these big games.
"Our performance against Somerset was so below par that we were really pumped up for the next game. We now have to take that aggression and intensity to Lord's."