Phil Hughes arrival at New Road will be delayed until late May after his inclusion in Australia’s training camps.
Hughes commented “I now have commitments with Australia that will delay my arrival at Worcestershire until late May. While it has cut my time in the UK back, I am very confident that I will be better prepared and ready to play my part in what should be a successful campaign for Worcestershire.”
In reaction to the inclusion of Phil Hughes in the Australian set-up, Worcestershire CCC is pleased to announce the signing of Australian Michael Klinger as his early season replacement.
The 31 year-old right hander has recently been in exceptional form having scored the third double century of his career during the second innings against Tasmania last weekend and was also awarded player of the match.
The South Australia captain has scored heavily while opening in the Ryobi One-Day Cup. Klinger has an average of 41.32 in all List A cricket, amassing notable innings' of 81 and 112 as he led the Redbacks to long awaited glory in the limited over competition. Consistent performances with the bat made Klinger the highest run scorer in the 2011/12 Ryobi One-Day Cup campaign amassing 498 at an average of 55.33.
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, commented “I saw Mike play out in Adelaide against New South Wales in October and his skill, attitude, and maturity as a player made me sit up and take note.”
“Mike has recently captained South Australia to the domestic One Day title and his batting was one of the main reasons for the success as he was the top run scorer in the competition.”
“I am looking forward to welcoming him to New Road and working with him.”
Klinger commented “I am extremely excited to be joining Worcestershire for the start of the season. I've heard many good things about the County and I look forward to contributing to the team in getting some wins early in the season. The experience in playing in English conditions is something I'm looking forward to and endeavour to continue to improve my game.”