Ben Hilfenhaus

Country: Australia
Born: March 15, 1983, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Height: 1.86 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Ben Hilfenhaus Bio

Benjamin William Hilfenhaus, commonly known as Ben Hilfenhaus, is a former Australian cricket player who made a significant impact with his exceptional bowling skills. Born on March 15, 1983, in Ulverstone, Tasmania, Hilfenhaus emerged as one of Australia’s leading fast bowlers during his career.

From humble beginnings, Hilfenhaus worked on a building site to make a living before his cricketing talents were recognized. With his ability to swing the ball at high speeds, he quickly caught the attention of selectors and earned a national contract in 2007. His rise in the cricketing world was swift and impressive.

Known for his ability to generate movement in the air and off the wicket, Hilfenhaus showcased his skills during the Ashes tour in 2008-09. Despite battling back and knee injuries, he formed a formidable bowling attack alongside Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle. His standout performances earned him a well-deserved baggy green, solidifying his status as one of Australia’s bowling assets.

Hilfenhaus truly made his mark during the 2009 Ashes series in England. He led the wicket-list with 22 wickets and impressed his English counterparts with his skillful combination of swing and seam movement. His remarkable performances, including a Man of the Match accolade in his first home Test, cemented his place in the Australian team.

Unfortunately, Hilfenhaus faced setbacks due to persistent injuries. Knee tendonitis sidelined him for the majority of the 2009-10 season, hindering his progress. However, he made a triumphant return during the Pakistan series in England, showcasing his prowess with eight wickets and an unbeaten 56 at Lord’s.

Throughout his career, Hilfenhaus represented Tasmania in domestic cricket. He played a crucial role in his team’s maiden Pura Cup victory in the 2006-07 season, claiming an impressive 60 wickets and earning a reputation for his ability to shape the ball away. His workload took a toll on his body, making him susceptible to injuries, but his determination and skill always shone through.

Hilfenhaus is the second fast bowler from Tasmania to represent Australia, following in the footsteps of Greg Campbell, Ricky Ponting’s uncle. His contributions to cricket in Tasmania and Australia as a whole are highly regarded. His dedication to his craft, hard work, and natural talent allowed him to succeed in the highly competitive world of international cricket.

Despite the challenges he faced, Hilfenhaus leaves behind a remarkable cricketing legacy. His statistics speak for themselves, with 99 wickets in 27 Test matches at an average of 28.50. His impact and contributions to Australian cricket will always be remembered, and he will forever be known as one of the country’s finest fast bowlers.

After retiring from professional cricket in 2016, Hilfenhaus has found success as a coach and commentator, further contributing to the sport he loves. His journey from humble beginnings to international stardom serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers, and his influence on the game will continue to be felt for years to come.

Ben Hilfenhaus Career Stats

Ben Hilfenhaus Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 27 38 12 355 56* 13.65 655 54.19 0 1 48 5 7 0
T20Is 7 3 1 2 2 1 10 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 25 11 8 29 16 9.66 69 42.02 0 0 2 0 10 0
FC 104 149 40 1410 56* 12.93 - - 0 3 - - 30 0
List A 78 34 21 119 18* 9.15 206 57.76 0 0 8 0 20 0
T20s 96 41 19 205 38* 9.31 210 97.61 0 0 10 8 21 0

Ben Hilfenhaus Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 27 49 6078 2822 99 5/75 8/97 28.5 2.78 61.3 7 2 0
T20Is 7 7 156 161 9 2/15 2/15 17.88 6.19 17.3 0 0 0
ODIs 25 25 1216 1075 29 5/33 5/33 37.06 5.3 41.9 0 1 0
FC 104 190 23080 11358 387 7/58 10/87 29.34 2.95 59.6 20 13 1
List A 78 78 4169 3200 89 5/33 5/33 35.95 4.6 46.8 1 1 0
T20s 96 96 2050 2598 117 5/23 5/23 22.2 7.6 17.5 1 1 0

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