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Hilfenhaus, Benjamin W
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ODI: 2007 - current
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From Bricklayer to Test fast bowler

Benjamin (Ben) William Hilfenhaus (born 15 March 1983 in Ulverstone, Tasmania), is an Australian cricketer who plays for the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket] Hilfenhaus plays club cricket for Tasmania University Cricket Club. Prior to turning fully professional, he worked as a bricklayer as well as playing cricket. He is right-arm fast-medium bowler known for his ability to swing the ball.

Hilfenhaus took 39 wickets at 30.82 in his debut season and was rewarded with a place in the Australia "A" squad for the winter Top End series. He had previously represented Australia at under-19 level. Hilfenhaus made his International début in a Twenty20 international for Australia against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 9 January 2007. He bowled four overs and took two wickets for 16 runs.
Hilfenhaus bowling in the nets.This was followed up by selection in the one-day team for the One Day International on 14 January against New Zealand at Bellerive Oval, his state team's home ground. He took his first ODI wicket (Brendon McCullum) in his second over. Hilfenhaus quickly became a local favourite, with the crowd cheering "Hilfy" whenever he was involved in play. He is expected to start challenging from a more stable place in the Australian team over the next few years, although he faces competetition for a place from two other young fast bowlers, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait.
On 6 February 2007, Hilfenhaus was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. He was a convincing winner of the award, as he polled 97 votes to finish well clear of second-placed Cullen Bailey of South Australia (11 votes) and NSW's Edward Cowan (6 votes). He was the leading wicket-taker across Australian cricket during the voting period with 75 wickets at 25.17 in 23 matches.
There have been several comparisons made between Hilfenhaus and a young Glenn McGrath and McGrath himself described him as "very impressive".
After receiving his first full national contract with the Australian cricket team, Hilfenhaus was included in Australia's squads for the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship and the One Day International tour of India. He also received a call up to the Test squad to take on Sri Lanka when South Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait was ruled out with injury. [5] However, he did not get to add to his international appearances on any of the above occasions.
Test Debut: 2008–2009
Hilfenhaus has missed out on playing in the Australian Cricket Team on so many different occasions but most recently named in the 13 man squad to play in the 2nd 3 Mobile Test at the MCG against The South African Cricket Team 08/09 Season. He flew to Melbourne to spend Christmas Day with The Australian Cricket Team but didn't get in the team so he flew back to Tasmania for Boxing Day. The Last 3 Mobile Test Came around where yet again he was named in the 13 Man squad to take on South Africa at the SCG. However he was made 12th man when Doug Bollinger, a New South Wales pace bowler, was picked over him purely on home ground knowledge. Hilfenhaus was finally selected for his Test debut on the tour of South Africa in 2009. His first wicket was the wicket of Hashim Amla for just Hilfenhaus' second ball in Test cricket.
2009 Ashes series
Hilfenhaus was given a chance in the 2009 ashes after a solid performance in South Africa and an injury to Brett Lee. He grabbed his chance, swinging the new and old ball, along with bowling an accurate length to be the leading wicket taker from both sides after the 4th Test.


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