Klinger to fill Hughes' boots
Worcestershire have confirmed Australia batsman Phil Hughes will not begin his stint at the club until late May due to international commitments.
The left-handed opener, who had agreed to spend the entire summer at New Road, has been selected to participate in a training camp and will now link up with Worcestershire in late May.
Countryman Michael Klinger, who recently captained South Australia to glory in the Ryobi One-Day Cup, has been signed up to deputise for Hughes in the opening weeks of the domestic season.
Hughes said: “I now have commitments with Australia that will delay my arrival at Worcestershire until late May. While it has cut my time in the UK back, I am very confident that I will be better prepared and ready to play my part in what should be a successful campaign for Worcestershire."
Upon signing Klinger, Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “I saw Mike play out in Adelaide against New South Wales in October and his skill, attitude and maturity as a player made me sit up and take note.
“Mike has recently captained South Australia to the domestic one-day title and his batting was one of the main reasons for the success as he was the top run-scorer in the competition."
“I am looking forward to welcoming him to New Road and working with him.”
Klinger added: “I am extremely excited to be joining Worcestershire for the start of the season. I've heard many good things about the county and I look forward to contributing to the team in getting some wins early in the season.
“The experience in playing in English conditions is something I'm looking forward to as I endeavour to continue to improve my game."