Hilfy eyes big future in T20s

Ben HilfenhausULVERSTONE’S Ben Hilfenhaus is hoping his future Twenty20 commitments go beyond the Big Bash League.
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The 32-year-old said he was hoping his services would extend to other T20 competitions across the globe, including the IPL, the T20 Blast in England and competitions in the Caribbean, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Hilfenhaus retired from first-class cricket last month, saying his body couldn’t stand up to the pressure of the red-ball game.

He is contracted to the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.

‘‘At the moment for me it is about giving my body a bit of a break, but after that I will probably put my hand up for those T20 comps,’’ Hilfenhaus told Fairfax Media on Monday.

‘‘At the end of the day you are no guarantee (of being selected), but I am keen to put my name up for grabs.

‘‘I still love the game of cricket and still have the passion to compete at that level, it is just unfortunate that my body won’t allow me to play red-ball cricket any more.

‘‘So I guess I am just going to the next best thing.’’

The fast bowler said ‘‘retired life’’ was going well, but it wouldn’t really sink in until there was no preseason to return to with the Tigers.

He reiterated his desire to enter the coaching ranks and complete his level 3 coaching accreditation.

‘‘I am pretty keen to give back to all the young blokes coming through and give back to the game a little bit,’’ he said.

He said he was blown away by the response about his retirement.

‘‘There have been a lot of messages of support from a lot of people, which was quite humbling and overwhelming to be honest.’’

While he will continue to base himself in Hobart and play grade cricket there, he did not rule out being available for the ‘‘odd white ball game’’ for Ulverstone, depending on his schedule.

Hilfenhaus took 262 first-class wickets at 29.54 in 68 matches, 58 one-day wickets at 35.68 in 51 matches and 17 T20 wickets at 21 in 14 games for Tasmania.

For his country, he finished with 99 wickets at 28.50 in 27 Tests, 29 ODI wickets in 25 matches at 37.06 and nine T20I wickets in seven matches at 17.8.

Hilfenhaus will be back on the Coast on Wednesday for the Hitting Heart Disease For 6 charity match at Devonport Oval, which will also feature Tom Triffitt, Julie Hunter, Xavier Doherty and Luke Butterworth.

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