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Michael Klinger has announced the KFC BBL|08 will be his final season

Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger
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Perth Scorchers stalwart opening batsman Michael Klinger has announced the KFC BBL|08 will be his final season with the Scorchers, with tomorrow night’s match against the Melbourne Stars his last hit-out in front of a home crowd.

The 38-year-old has played the past five Big Bash seasons with the Scorchers and has cemented himself as a favourite among fans and teammates.

The all-time leading run-scorer in the BBL, until last night, Klinger has played 70 matches, banking 1917 runs that includes 221 boundaries, 12 half centuries and a memorable century on Boxing Day 2014 against the Melbourne Renegades.

Klinger is locked in to play in the UKT20 competition later this year.

“I would like to announce that this will be my last season with the Perth Scorchers,” Klinger said.

“This season so far has not gone to plan for both myself but more importantly the team and I’m looking forward to seeing the Scorchers get back to the top where we belong next season.

“I have fantastic memories of my time with the Scorchers and I’d like to thank my teammates, coaching and support staff and all our fantastic fans for making my time so meaningful and enjoyable at this great club. Also, a huge thank you to my family for their continued unconditional support.

“Looking forward to what the future holds for me in cricket either on or off the field. Go Scorchers!!”

Scorchers Head Coach, and former teammate of Klinger, Adam Voges said he has had a big impact on the whole to the club.

“Maxy’s contribution to the Perth Scorchers has been outstanding,” he said.

“On the field his record speaks for itself and he has played a huge part in our success in recent years.

“Off the field you will not meet a nicer person who always puts the teams needs ahead of his own. We wish Maxy, Cindy and the family all the best for the future.”

The Scorchers’ final home game of the season is at Optus Stadium against the Melbourne Stars this Sunday 3 February.

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