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Ben Hilfenhaus


ABOUT
Ben Hilfenhaus

Full NameBenjamin William Hilfenhaus

BornMarch 15, 1983

Height6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)

NationalityAustralia

RoleBowler/Right-arm fast-medium, Right-handed Batsman

Relation(s)Meri Jenkins (Spouse)

BATTING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN RUNS BF NO AVG SR 100s 50s HS 4s 6s CT ST
ODIs 25 11 29 69 8 9.66 42.02 0 0 16 2 0 10 0
TESTs 27 38 355 655 12 13.65 54.19 0 1 56* 48 5 7 0
T20Is 7 3 2 10 1 1.00 20.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
T20s 96 41 205 210 19 9.31 97.61 0 0 38* 10 8 21 0
LISTAs 78 34 119 206 21 9.15 57.76 0 0 18* 8 0 20 0
FIRSTCLASS 104 149 1410 0 40 12.93 0 3 56* 0 0 30 0
BOWLING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN OVERS RUNS WKTS AVG ECO BEST 5Ws 10Ws
ODIs 25 25 202.4 1075 29 37.06 5.30 5/33 1 0
TESTs 27 49 1013 2822 99 28.50 2.78 8/97 2 0
T20Is 7 7 26 161 9 17.88 6.19 2/15 0 0
T20s 96 96 341.4 2598 117 22.20 7.60 5/23 1 0
LISTAs 78 78 694.5 3200 89 35.95 4.60 5/33 1 0
FIRSTCLASS 104 190 3846.4 11358 387 29.34 2.95 10/87 13 1
ABOUT

Ben Hilfenhaus Biography


Born on 15th March, 1983 in Tasmania, Ben Hilfenhaus story started with laying bricks at a construction site, and eventually featured him sharing the new ball for the country’s Test team.


Background


The burly fast bowler’s life changed for the better when he was awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Bank cricket academy. He left no stone unturned in converting this opportunity to gold and was eventually awarded a rookie contract in 2002-03.


With some eye-catching performances, he quickly made his way into the Tasmanian side for the Pura Cup, which is what the Sheffield Shield was then called.


Debut


Hilfenhaus picked up an astonishing 60 wickets in the 2006-07 Sheffield Shield, in what turned out to be a coming of age season for him, also earning him the prestigious Ricky Ponting medal for Tasmania.


What’s more, he also earned a maiden call-up to the Australian National team for the ODIs and T20s in January 2007.


He made his debut against New Zealand at his home ground - the Bellerive Oval in Hobart - picking up the prized scalp of Brendon McCullum. The icing on the cake was being named the Bradman young cricketer of the year at the annual Cricket Australia awards the following month.


Rise to Glory


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Hilfenhaus immediately became a crowd favorite and was lovingly called Hilfy whenever he came on to bowl. The hard-working cricketer’s ability to bowl the natural out swinger to right-hander along with the rare skill of reverse swinging the Kookaburra in Australian conditions impressed one and all.


A disappointing period of poor luck and a series of injuries impeded his career till 2009 when he managed to get into the Test team for the Australian summer. Hilfenhaus didn’t have an outstanding series picking up just seven wickets but managed to impress one and all with his impeccable line and length and ability to withstand harsh workload.


During the Ashes that English summer, Hilfenhaus’ art was on display as he exhibited his ability to swing the ball both ways and reverse swing the old ball. Australia lost the series, but Hilfenhaus could walk away with his head held high with 22 wickets.


Displaying a brave face against recurring injuries, the paceman put on splendid performances against Pakistan and India and had his place in team intact.


Low Point


After a disappointing home Ashes, Hilfenhaus was left out of the team for the tour of Sri Lanka with selector Greg Chappell labeling him unfit to last a complete tour. The recurring injuries made him lose significant pace, making him far less dangerous.


Nevertheless, he came back to haunt the famed Indian batting line-up in 2011 picking up 27 wickets in a 4-0 whitewash. Inevitably another spate of injuries followed.


T20 Club Career


Always battling injuries in his career never helped Hilfenhaus, but still, he played for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2012, establishing himself as one of their main bowlers. Later, he also got an opportunity with the Mumbai Indians, apart from tasting individual success at Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars in Big Bash league.

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