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BBL 2019-20: Melbourne Renegades rope in Michael Klinger as head coach

Michael Klinger is the all-time leading scorer of BBL.

Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Michael Klinger, the former Australian cricketer hung his boots earlier this year in February. He was one of the high profile batsmen that featured in Big Bash League and had played for a couple of teams like Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers. The 39-year-old is also the all-time leading run-scorer of BBL. Now, he has been appointed as the head coach of Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming season. The former batsman is excited about it and shared his views after getting associated with the team.

Klinger made his debut in international cricket back in 2017 for Australia in the shortest format. He donned Aussie kit in as many as three games and was dropped from the side due to his poor form. However, he ended up his career playing for Perth Scorchers in BBL.

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He has replaced the title-winning coach Andrew McDonald in Melbourne Renegades, who is currently serving as Australia’s senior assistant coach to Justin Langer.

Victoria’s General Manager opines on Michael Klinger

Victoria’s General Manager, Shaun Graf looked happy about the appointment and feels that Klinger is the perfect person to take hold of the team. He also praised the qualities of Klinger that made him a successful player and sets him apart from others. It is an honor to secure his services for the upcoming season.

“The qualities that made ‘Maxy’ such an accomplished player are the qualities that will set him up for an excellent coaching career. He’s well prepared, well structured and an excellent man manager with fantastic leadership experience.” Victoria’s General Manager said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

After the appointment, Klinger recited that it is a big responsibility and is excited to be part of the current BBL champions. The former player also added that he had learned a lot throughout his career and is well prepared for the upcoming challenges.

“To be given the opportunity to coach the current BBL champions is obviously very humbling and a fantastic honour. I’ve played with and against a number of players in the squad and I’m looking forward to working alongside such a talented playing group. I’ve been fortunate to represent some outstanding organizations throughout my career and the lessons I’ve learned along the way leave me feeling as well prepared as I can be for the challenges that will inevitably emerge throughout the season,” Klinger said.

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