Ben or Benjamin William Hilfenhaus is a cricketer from Australia who is the second cousin of Ricky Ponting and plays for Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who is known for his technique to swing the ball. At the recent IPL Player auction, he has been bought by the Chennai Super Kings again to play for the IPL 5 season, to be held in April 2012.
The international debut of Hilfenhaus was in a Twenty20 international for Australia against England at the Sydney Cricket ground on 9th January 2007. In this match he performed well and in the four overs that he bowled he took two wickets for 16 runs. Due to this performance he was selected for the one-day international scheduled on 14th January against New Zealand at the Bellerive Oval. In only his second over he took his first one-day wicket of Brendon McCullum.
It is expected that Hilfenhaus would have a more stable place in the team in the future. However he has stiff competition from Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. Hilfenhaus was a member of the Australian team for the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship and the one day International tour of India. However in these occasions he could not make an international appearance.
Hilfenhaus was named as the Bradman Young cricketer of the year on 6th Feburary 2007. In first class cricket he has played 24 matches in which he has taken 106 wickets.
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