It's so enjoyable playing for Gloucestershire says Klinger
Michael Klinger attributes his remarkable feats of run-scoring in county cricket this summer to being made to feel welcome in Bristol.
Since arriving from his native Australia in early April, Gloucestershire’s 33-year-old captain has surpassed 1,000 first-class runs with five LV=County Championship Second Division matches still to play this season.
And he has also passed the 1,000-run-mark in white ball cricket, establishing himself as one of the most prolific batsmen in the country across all formats in 2013.
His astonishing consistency has led some commentators to question my he was overlooked by the Australians for this summer’s Ashes and one-day international series.
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But Australia’s loss has most definitely been Gloucestershire’s gain. Prior to the current four-day game against Kent in Canterbury, Klinger had scored 1,021 County Championship runs at an average of 50.39.
His record in one-day cricket is even more impressive, the South Australia batsman having accrued 797 at 79.70 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and 461 at 51.22 in twenty20 matches.
Typically modest, Klinger put his outstanding run of form down to Gloucestershire and his environment.
He explained: “I think you play your best cricket when you are in a good environment and it has been enjoyable.
“There is no doubt Gloucestershire have made playing cricket here fun and enjoyable, not just for me but for the other players.
“They have made my family feel very welcome and that is hugely important to me. That means I can go away with the team and know that they are being well looked after.
“That helps my family and it helps me as well. Credit to Gloucestershire for helping make my family feel comfortable, because that has been huge from my point of view.”
Klinger was in good form again yesterday as he and Chris Dent took Gloucestershire to 80-0 in reply to Kent’s 474 at Canterbury.
Klinger was on 31 and Dent on 44 at stumps on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match.
After a rain-delayed start, Kent added 140 runs to their overnight 334-6.
Darren Stevens, unbeaten on 98 overnight, progressed to 126 before he was caught by Klinger off Benny Howell. His 166-ball innings included 22 fours.
It quickly became 399-8 when Craig Miles accounted for James Tredwell (48), but Gloucestershire then suffered frustration as the last wickets added 75 runs.
Former Somerset youngster Calum Haggett provided the bulk of them with a career-best 44 not out from 64 balls, with five fours. He put on 40 with Mitchell Claydon, who had contributed 17 when Liam Norwell struck.