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Klinger 'Super Excited' For Debut

16 February 2017

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The 36-year-old appears destined to make his Australia debut in Friday's T20 International against Sri Lanka.

Perth Scorchers run machine Michael Klinger still doesn’t know if he’ll make his Australia debut in Friday night’s T20 International against Sri Lanka but will be pumped if he gets the chance.

Klinger’s Scorchers coach and interim Australia boss Justin Langer suggested earlier this week that the 36-year-old was a certain starter for Friday’s game at the MCG.

However, Klinger told reporters on Thursday morning that he hadn’t received official word yet.

“I hope so. I’m not sure yet,” Klinger said.

“We’ve got training later this evening. I’m assuming I’ll find out tonight or tomorrow. Obviously it’ll be great to play tomorrow and if I do, I can’t wait.

“It’s super exciting. It’s going to be a great moment hopefully if I get a chance to play.

“The way it’s worked out it’s back in my original hometown in Melbourne. A lot of family and friends will be around so it’s great.”

Klinger had been thrilled to be involved in the national set-up, gleefully receiving his Australia kit bag last week and receiving throw downs from legend Ricky Ponting.

He said he’d never given up hope of a maiden Australia call-up despite his age.

He also said he hadn’t entertained any thoughts of representing his country beyond the three-game series.

“We’ll just get through this three-game series first,” he said.

“Obviously there’s some players unavailable over in India. My timing was probably right whereas other times it hasn’t been.

“Hopefully I perform well in this three-game series and see what happens after that. For now, I’m just going to really enjoy these three games and have a great time.”

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