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Klinger extends Gloucester deal

Press AssociationPress Association 4/08/2016

Prolific West Australia batsman Michael Klinger has extended his contract with English county side Gloucestershire by a further three years.

The 36-year-old, uncapped by Australia, will now remain at Bristol until the end of the 2019 campaign, playing predominantly as a limited-overs player from next season.

Klinger, who also has the option to play County Championship cricket on a match-by-match basis, was an integral part of the Gloucestershire side that won the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup.

The skipper struck 531 runs at an average of 106.20 in eight 50-over innings, including flying back from Australia to crack an unbeaten 137 in the semi-final at Yorkshire, while also finishing as the second highest run-scorer in the T20 Blast competition with 654 at 81.75.

Head coach Richard Dawson said: "I'm delighted that Michael has decided to commit his future to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

"He continues to show that he is a high-class performer and a match-winner. He is also an outstanding professional both on and off the pitch. It's great news for the club."

Klinger, having joined Gloucestershire in 2012, added: "I am delighted to commit to Gloucestershire for white-ball cricket next year and T20 in the longer term."

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