The former South Australian captain will look back at his 2008/09 defection from Victoria as the best decision he has ever made. A heavily rotated player at the Bushrangers, Klinger has developed into one of the finest Australian batsman to have never played for his country.
Klinger had always been a player with potential, but his move to Adelaide transformed him into a far greater player. Instead of producing the odd moment of class here and there, Klinger started to produce quality week in week out.
His first season with the Redbacks was so profound that he won State Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal (an honour he also received twelve months later).
Klinger couldn’t have asked for a better start at South Australia. He accumulated 1203 runs throughout the season at a staggering average of almost 71. This included four centuries, and a season defining 255 against Western Australia.
He cast aside any doubts of second year syndrome with an impressive 2009/10 campaign that saw him finish with 886 runs at 63. Fittingly, Klinger returned to the MCG that year to face his former teammates. He silenced any potential banter from the field with a masterful 207*.
Klinger was a standout for the Redbacks in 2012/13 in the Ryobi Cup. He topped the run scoring chart with 341 runs at 42 to affirm his position as one of the state’s most valuable players.
After making 72 in the win against the Queensland Bulls, Klinger focused his attention on his former team. The opening batsman made 88 at the MCG, before reaching 87 in the return fixture at the Adelaide Oval.
While he struggled in the Australian first-class arena last season, Klinger has been dominating the English competition for Gloucester. After making 103* against Leicester, Klinger stepped it up a notch with a breathtaking 163 against Hampshire.
Klinger proved that he is a more than capable T20 player with another impressive showing in the KFC T20 Big Bash League. He smashed 242 runs during the BBL, including three half-centuries.