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Michael Klinger intends to continue playing T20 beyond the Australian summer but is set to retire from red-ball cricket
Michael Klinger is to retire from first-class cricket
Michael Klinger has announced his intention to retire from first-class cricket at the end of the Sheffield Shield campaign.
The veteran Western Australia batsman has not featured in the longest form for his state this season, partly because of his wife Cindy's ongoing battle with breast cancer, and he has now chosen to step away from red-ball cricket after a career that has brought him 182 first-class appearances and 11,320 first-class runs.
Klinger will continue to play T20, however, in which he represents the likes of Perth Scorchers and Gloucestershire.
"I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to have been part of the Australian domestic cricket structure for 19 years in a row and I've loved and appreciated every minute of it," Klinger said.
"I'm in a unique position where I'd like to thank three organizations who gave me opportunities at different stages of my career.
MICHAEL KLINGER FIRST-CLASS STATSMatches: 182Innings: 321Runs: 11,320Ave: 39.3050s: 49100s: 30HS: 255
"Firstly, to Cricket Victoria for their help and support in my development and giving me my initial opportunities in domestic cricket in Australia.
"Secondly, I'd like to thank the South Australian Cricket Association for giving me an opportunity more than 10 years ago when my cricket career was at a crossroads, helping to kick-start a much-improved period of my career.
"I'm also thankful for the opportunity to captain both the Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers, which I really enjoyed and which helped to enhance my leadership skills.
"Finally, to the WACA for what has been an absolutely amazing and enjoyable four years, during which time I've had the opportunity to play as a senior player in a developing group.
Klinger will continue to play T20 cricket
"I also need to send a huge thank you to my family for all their support, in particular my wife Cindy and kids Bailey, Summer and Easton, who have travelled with me for the last 10 years, both interstate and overseas, to give me the best opportunity to chase my dreams."
WA coach Justin Langer said: "The greatest complement I could give Michael Klinger is to explain how I've been pinching myself every day since he agreed to come to the WACA, because he's such an incredible cricketer and incredible bloke.
"He is an outstanding person both on and off the field and it's been an absolute pleasure to have him here at the WACA."