Michael Klinger’s kids had some wise words for the veteran ahead of his last Perth Scorchers appearance in WA.
The opening batsman had to put emotions aside when the Scorchers were invited to bat first, meaning he’d have little time to settle in to the contest.
But Klinger’s eight-year-old son Bailey kept things simple with his pre-game advice: “Don’t go out for zero”.
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The advice must have worked, because Klinger pushed a single to the off-side with the second ball that he faced to a huge cheer from the Optus Stadium crowd.
The 38-year-old then went about crafting an important innings, which included recapturing the mantle of the all-time leading runscorer in Big Bash League history after being temporarily displaced by Chris Lynn earlier this week.
Klinger eventually holed out in the deep for 30 off 31, having set the foundations for a competitive Scorchers score.
Klinger raised his bat and kissed his helmet as he saluted the crowd as he walked off the field.
“It’s pretty emotional, to see the crowd and my family up there,” he told Seven after being dismissed.
“I’ve got to try not to cry.
“These supporters have been great to me in the five years I’ve been here.
“Unfortunately it’s been the story of my tournament – get to 20 or 30 and then get out.”