Michael Klinger of the Perth Scorchers in action during the Big Bash League grand final.
Michael Klinger of the Perth Scorchers in action during the Big Bash League grand final. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Langer calls for Klinger to play for country

CRICKET: He's played 177 first-class games, and 163 one-dayers and 133 Twenty20 matches at domestic level.

And if successful Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer gets his way when he doubles as Australian T20 boss next month, Michael Klinger will finally to be able to add an international appearance to his resume.

The 36-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Victoria in 1998-99, was the anchor of the Scorchers' third Big Bash League title.

He made 71 not out from 49 balls to see his side home in the final against the Sydney Sixers at the WACA Ground to pass 400 runs for the tournament.

He also notched scores of 81 against the Heat and 72 against the Renegades in earlier home and away outings.

Klinger averages an outstanding 48.8 in domestic 50-over games and 38.7 in T20s, with six centuries to his name.

Following the Scorchers' win on Saturday, Langer said the veteran opener should be considered for Australian honours when selectors pick their T20 international squad to take on Sri Lanka next month.

Langer will take charge of the national side during the three-match series starting on February 17 while head coach Darren Lehmann heads to India with the Test squad.

"I might have a say ... (but) I don't know how much of a say. But I'll certainly be putting his name up,” Langer said.

"He's just shown over so many years what a champion he is. I know it would be a dream come true for him (to get a call-up).

"It's a bit like Chris Rogers and Adam Voges - some of those senior players have an impact. Even if it's just for three games, Klinger deserves it.

"He's helped us win three games this year off his own bat. He's an outstanding person. He deserves to be enjoying that success.”



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