Gloucestershire have appointed former South Australia skipper Michael Klinger as their captain and overseas player for the 2013 season. Klinger replaces Alex Gidman, who stepped down at the end of 2012 following Gloucestershire’s ninth place finish in Division Two of the LV= County Championship.
It has been known for some time that Gloucestershire were looking for an overseas player to lead their young squad next season, with Ed Cowan and Kane Williamson - who both had spells at Bristol last season - the early favourites. However, neither were able to commit for the entire season due to international commitments - a problem which Klinger won’t encounter as he hasn’t represented his country since his Under-19 days.
Klinger’s only previous county experience came at the beginning of last season, when he played 11 matches for Worcestershire. He enjoyed mixed success, passing 50 on only three occasions and averaging 31.12.
The 32 year-old was sacked as South Australia captain at the end of the 2011-12 season after leading his state to a last place finish in the Sheffield Shield. However, his form with the bat has been relatively consistent and he could prove to be one of Division Two’s more inspired overseas signings for 2013.
Gloucestershire's director of cricket John Bracewell certainly thinks so, professing himself "delighted to be signing a player of Michael's quality and experience".
He added, "He has proved himself adept at all forms of the game and has captaincy experience. We expect him to be available throughout the 2013 season. It is not easy to find overseas players who tick all those boxes and a lot of work has gone into finding the right man."
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