What was the real reason behind Klinger’s departure from South Australia?

“Without sounding arrogant, I feel I am too good a player to not play a full season of Shield cricket”

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Michael Klinger recently announced that he would be leaving South Australia to represent Western Australia in the next Sheffield Shield season, but what was the real reason behind his departure?

Klinger revealed that he left South Australia due to the fact that he was told that he would only play a small role if he continued to stay with the team.

“I was disappointed and disagreed with the feedback I received. Two Shield games ago I scored a double-ton for South Australia,” Klinger told The Advertiser. “Without sounding arrogant, I feel I am too good a player to not play a full season of Shield cricket. I still have ambitions to play one-day cricket for Australia in the 2015 World Cup but if you are not playing Shield cricket you are out of people’s minds.”

Klinger was also quick to dismiss South Australia high performance manager Jamie Cox’s comments, which claimed that he left South Australia since he would be earning more money with Western Australia.

“It was not a contract or money issue,” he said. “The two years over one from WA helped, but I only had a guaranteed opportunity to play first-class cricket in one place. The hardest thing is leaving my team-mates. SA will have success soon and to not be part of that hurts a lot.

“It has been a pretty emotional couple of sleepless nights for us. The decision was taking a toll. I was getting a lot of love from Justin Langer, saying I would help their young players and help as a leader for WA.”

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