Michael Klinger selected for Australian cricket side

June 2, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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Michael Klinger has been selected to represent Australia in the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Michael Klinger

Michael Klinger

The 28-year old batsman is only the second Jewish cricketer to represent his country in international cricket. Julien Wiener played in six test matches in 1979 and 1980, scoring 93 runs in his last innings….against Pakistan.

Klinger had been in the captain’s spot to lead the Australian side in the Maccabiah in July…but his selection to the Australian “A” side will mean no Israel for Klinger and no Klinger for Maccabi Australia. 

But for Klinger, the dream of dreams remains to be realised. His aspirations remain firmly directed towards playing Test cricket for his country. He told J-Wire: “This is a great stepping stone towards my number one dream. Some members of the current Test side received their first cap at the age of 31, so time is still on my side.”

Missing the Maccabiah is not something Klinger takes lightly. He told J-Wire: “I was there in 1997 and I hope to be there again in the future. I wish the team every success and hope they strike gold. I am disappointed I will not be there with them.”

Head of Delegation Tom Goldman told J-Wire: “On one hand I am disappointed Michael must withdraw from the Maccabiah team, but we fully support and congratulate him. His selection to represent Australia is an honour  that Maccabi and the whole Australian Jewish community can be proud of.”

The Australian “A” side will play Pakistan in two four-day matches in Townsville.

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