Australia news June 9, 2011

Katich upset over 'unfair' treatment

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Simon Katich, the Australia opening batsman, has broken his silence over not receiving a central contract, telling the Australian that he has not been treated fairly. Katich believes he was judged solely on his performances in his last four Tests, which he played despite being injured, and not on his overall form since returning to the side in 2008.

Since his comeback, Katich has made 2928 runs at 50.48 and has been not only Australia's most reliable batsman but among the most bankable in the world. In that time only Alastair Cook has scored more runs.

"Do I think I have been treated fairly? Not at all, not at all," Katich said. "From my point of view I have had to play through injuries in the last four Test matches, two with a broken thumb and two with a torn achilles. I didn't want to play Test cricket like that although I know that is what they have judged me on.

"In India they kept telling me it was a bruised thumb and I could hardly hold the bat but they kept telling me it was bruised so I thought 'Well I can't not play Test cricket if it's a bruise'."

Katich revealed that his recovery program began the night after the Adelaide Ashes Test ended. A fellow player offered him a beer at the airport but Katich turned him down, saying, "No thanks mate. Recovery starts now."

He has been undergoing rehabilitation since then and it was at the SCG on Tuesday that he received the phone call from Andrew Hilditch about being left out of the list of contracted players.

"I was in the middle of a fitness test, saw the phone ringing and saw who it was and thought 'Damn, I better answer this'," Katich said. "I knew full well what it was, I didn't want him to have the luxury of leaving a message, so I grabbed it. It's funny, I have been treated like this before by them. I have been down this path a number of times.

"I spoke my mind, I certainly didn't hold back. There was no shirking the issue, but there was nothing said that was personal, it was just about the decision. I vented my spleen about the decision and explained why. There was no name-calling or anything like that."

Katich believes he still has much more to give Australia and that if he didn't, there was no way he would have undergone such a rigorous rehabilitation program.

"Put it this way I don't think I would have wasted our physio and our fitness trainers' time over the past six months or my time doing this rehab every second day for the sake of it. That is not how I operate. It's not just my time, it is the staff's time as well and I am always respectful of that.

"Up to Tuesday I had done three weeks' training ahead of the rest of the squad starting and I did that because I wanted to be ready and firing in Sri Lanka."

Katich is scheduled to hold a press conference on June 10 to announce his future plans.

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  • POSTED BY Bigskyrocket on | June 10, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    The selectors had to make a tough decision. the ashes is two years off and that for Australians is the pinnacle, you can't carry three out of the top five batsmen over the age of 35 for too long. When you need fresh talent and give them time to establish themselves, then someone had to give way this season and it isn't going to be Ponting and probably not Hussey. The problem the selectors had is that Hussey was the form bat last season while Ponting struggled but unless Ponting falls on his sword, and thats unlikely, that would leave only Katich. Gets back to that problem of too many stalward players leaving at the same time and trying to manage it better for the selectors. Bad luck Katto.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 10, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    I'll wait unti the squad is read out for SL, I would imagine he'd have to be in the squad. The central contracts list is not the be all & end all of talent pool for slection purposes.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    He's only 35 , still a youngster!!!, sanath is playing for SL at 42!!!! Misbah-ul-haq is one of the leading batsman in the last 12 months and he is 37!!!! Sachin is 38 and he is best batsman in world !! VVS Laxman 36 and pounding out runs! fair go aussies selectors, fair go

  • POSTED BY slugger1969 on | June 10, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    And three cheers for Weaveresque!!!!!!!! I was going to post something here mate but you've said all I wanted to say and more.

  • POSTED BY svasudevan on | June 10, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    I am an Indian and I have no bias towards or against any Aussie player. Having said that, I feel its total injustice to drop Katich; he is just 35 and has been doing well in Tests (as proven by the statistics provided). So why drop him ? Ponting also did bad during the Ashes and is not younger that Katich !! This is not right cricket Australia

  • POSTED BY azaro on | June 10, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Yes Swingit, really ignorant comment about Brendan Nash,his father Paul is a former Jamaican swimmer who competed at the 1966 and 1970 Commonwealth Games as well as the 1968 Olympics. He also represented his country at water-polo and was named Jamaica Sportsperson of the year in 1969. Certainly as qualified to play for Jamaica as Andrew Symonds was for Australia!

  • POSTED BY fazald on | June 10, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    It is obvious that Katich's demise was plotted last year when he was allowed to continue playing with injuries despite being convinced that he wasn't quite fit enough to play. Australian cricket is in shambles due to poor selection policies under the chairmanship of Hilditch & the selection committee & heading in the wrong direction. Much was expected of Greg Chappell when he was appointed as a selector but nothing seems to have changed.According to comments in this column it is very clear that he has lost all his credibility as well. No wonder the Indian's are still fuming about his stint as their their cricket coach. We have plenty of talented cricketers in this country but the problem is the haphazard selection policies which is slowly but surely destroying our cricket.There is no excuse why we should be in this position. What's happenning with the "Argus Review" committee report why has it taken so long when the answer to the problems is pretty obvious?

  • POSTED BY krikyet on | June 10, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    I am an Indian so one might construe this as an unbiased comment.

    Andrew Hilditch as a selector!!! What qualifications does the man have if he played a whopping 18 tests and 8 1-dayers. His decision reflects the pathetic test career.

    Katich is an excellent batsman and has not been rewarded for this plays over the past 1.5 years atleast. He is better than half the batsmen in the current Aussie squad.

    Keep it tight Simon, you will get your play soon.

  • POSTED BY Stevo_ on | June 10, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Andrew Hilditch - thats your problem right there. Why does he still have a job after the Ashes ?

  • POSTED BY alkenned on | June 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Yet another disgraceful decision by CA and/or the Australian selectors. Katich and Watson are clearly our best opening batsmen and to give a contract to Philip Hughes with all of his technical problems is ludicrous. Let's hope that Simon gets out there and does what he did a few years ago - score so many runs that they can't ignore him.

  • POSTED BY Bigskyrocket on | June 10, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    The selectors had to make a tough decision. the ashes is two years off and that for Australians is the pinnacle, you can't carry three out of the top five batsmen over the age of 35 for too long. When you need fresh talent and give them time to establish themselves, then someone had to give way this season and it isn't going to be Ponting and probably not Hussey. The problem the selectors had is that Hussey was the form bat last season while Ponting struggled but unless Ponting falls on his sword, and thats unlikely, that would leave only Katich. Gets back to that problem of too many stalward players leaving at the same time and trying to manage it better for the selectors. Bad luck Katto.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 10, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    I'll wait unti the squad is read out for SL, I would imagine he'd have to be in the squad. The central contracts list is not the be all & end all of talent pool for slection purposes.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    He's only 35 , still a youngster!!!, sanath is playing for SL at 42!!!! Misbah-ul-haq is one of the leading batsman in the last 12 months and he is 37!!!! Sachin is 38 and he is best batsman in world !! VVS Laxman 36 and pounding out runs! fair go aussies selectors, fair go

  • POSTED BY slugger1969 on | June 10, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    And three cheers for Weaveresque!!!!!!!! I was going to post something here mate but you've said all I wanted to say and more.

  • POSTED BY svasudevan on | June 10, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    I am an Indian and I have no bias towards or against any Aussie player. Having said that, I feel its total injustice to drop Katich; he is just 35 and has been doing well in Tests (as proven by the statistics provided). So why drop him ? Ponting also did bad during the Ashes and is not younger that Katich !! This is not right cricket Australia

  • POSTED BY azaro on | June 10, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Yes Swingit, really ignorant comment about Brendan Nash,his father Paul is a former Jamaican swimmer who competed at the 1966 and 1970 Commonwealth Games as well as the 1968 Olympics. He also represented his country at water-polo and was named Jamaica Sportsperson of the year in 1969. Certainly as qualified to play for Jamaica as Andrew Symonds was for Australia!

  • POSTED BY fazald on | June 10, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    It is obvious that Katich's demise was plotted last year when he was allowed to continue playing with injuries despite being convinced that he wasn't quite fit enough to play. Australian cricket is in shambles due to poor selection policies under the chairmanship of Hilditch & the selection committee & heading in the wrong direction. Much was expected of Greg Chappell when he was appointed as a selector but nothing seems to have changed.According to comments in this column it is very clear that he has lost all his credibility as well. No wonder the Indian's are still fuming about his stint as their their cricket coach. We have plenty of talented cricketers in this country but the problem is the haphazard selection policies which is slowly but surely destroying our cricket.There is no excuse why we should be in this position. What's happenning with the "Argus Review" committee report why has it taken so long when the answer to the problems is pretty obvious?

  • POSTED BY krikyet on | June 10, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    I am an Indian so one might construe this as an unbiased comment.

    Andrew Hilditch as a selector!!! What qualifications does the man have if he played a whopping 18 tests and 8 1-dayers. His decision reflects the pathetic test career.

    Katich is an excellent batsman and has not been rewarded for this plays over the past 1.5 years atleast. He is better than half the batsmen in the current Aussie squad.

    Keep it tight Simon, you will get your play soon.

  • POSTED BY Stevo_ on | June 10, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Andrew Hilditch - thats your problem right there. Why does he still have a job after the Ashes ?

  • POSTED BY alkenned on | June 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Yet another disgraceful decision by CA and/or the Australian selectors. Katich and Watson are clearly our best opening batsmen and to give a contract to Philip Hughes with all of his technical problems is ludicrous. Let's hope that Simon gets out there and does what he did a few years ago - score so many runs that they can't ignore him.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | June 10, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Hilfenhaus should have been dropped. He had a terrible ashes series. He has only taken 21 wickets at 41 ave in the last 12 months. That compares to the top bowler, Anderson - 50 wickets at 20. Mitch Johnson was only slightly better than Hilfy, 26 wickets at 39ave. If this is the best australia have in the last 12 months, things are worse than first thought.

  • POSTED BY Purdey on | June 9, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    This is a shocking decision. Everyone understands the reasons, but the selectors have given the wrong man the boot. Katich has clearly out performed Ponting and Hussey in recent times. They didn't want to make the hard decision on Ponting and Hussey has managed to get by because of limited overs form. Not good enough. Yet another example of Hilditch getting it totally wrong. Can there ever have been a worse chairman of selectors than Hilditch? I can't think of one. Australia needs Katich in and Hilditch out.

  • POSTED BY benlee1 on | June 9, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    The remark about Nash is mean spirited and implies that his parents were semi-tourists in the West Indies. Despite his appearance he has the same ethnic mix as Bob Marley and since his mother is from the Caribbean, why shouldn't he play for the Windies?

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | June 9, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Well I hope he gets over it quick. The decision was made not on form but because we have to rebuild. I would be angry too because Ponting and Hussey could easily be cut on that criteria. I guess the selectors want some old hands still hanging around and Katich is the fall guy. Hopefully in 5 years time it will be all worth it and we will competitive again and Katich will have moved on with the next phase of his life.

  • POSTED BY Weaveresque on | June 9, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Katich- rooted the first time for being a leadership rival to Ponting, rooted the second time for being a specialist test opener. Hey ACA, now that theres 3 types of cricket maybe you should increase the number of contracted players??? With regard to selection- for mine, selection should be dead easy: pick the best performing players, otherwise you're cheapening the cap and the privilege for playing for Australia (the rotation policy in the one dayers is similarly reprehensible and is why crowds are down). Forget age considerations, and certainly don't pick players because of 'potential'- I reckon that only leads to a sense of entitlement and garners laziness. If they're that good then they should be making runs/taking wickets in the Shield. Let it be hard for youngsters to get into the team, make them work for it to push the established players out of the way.

  • POSTED BY mightymf2000 on | June 9, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Katich is right. He's our best player sice 2008 and really shouldn't of played any thing in the 2010-11 season because of his injurys.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    I feel sorry for him, how can you let your best test batsmen go!! No matter what the age, I'm sorry Ponting should have gone first for one thing

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    I can understand where the selectors are coming from, but if they are targeting age and underperformance, why wasn't it Ponting?

    Katich has out-performed him for 3 years, and is nearly a year younger. He's shown no sgns of decline, while Ponting has been in serious decline for 3 years.

    Bob Simpson is right, you need a good balance of age and youth to rebuild a team. Hussey and Katich are your bankable elders. An Aussie team consisting o Watson, hughes, katich, Hussey, Clarke, Haddin, Smith, Johnson, Harris, Siddle and your pick of hilfenhaus, Bollinger, Hastings, Starc, Pattinson or young Pat Cummins in a little while.

  • POSTED BY Governor on | June 9, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Well, SK Warne was right in the selectors making the tough decisions by forcing our champions into retirement.

    However, what astounds me is the CA medical staff declarin a wrong diagnosis on Simon Katichs' bruise thumb. Gee, a professional medical staff and physio making the 2nd wrong diagnosis during the last cricket season ie they allowed Ryan Harris to play in the Boxing day test with a broken ankle.

    Australian cricket has missed the magic touch of Errol Alcott.

    THE GOV

  • POSTED BY mail2shiv on | June 9, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    IPL is not what everybody lives for.

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | June 9, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Hey you are welcome to move to the Caribbean and gain citizenship on your favourite island a la Brendon Nash. The Windies would definitely be grateful to have you and you would instantly be the top batsman in the region.....think on that mate. Boards around the world from the inept WICB and PCB, to the cruel BCCI and ACB, the out of touch ECB and CSA..are just killing cricket and the cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 9, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Katich I feel your situtation and it is the only reason I hate ACA where there is NO respect for the players..it is they called professionalism..not the humanity. See Sanath, well respected by board and has given chance to exit with honor. See Sachin is still playing with full pace. I think, 4 senior players should be OK to play with 7 juniors in the team and Katich can go after few fails. He is on his top form now. If anyone has to go at this stage, it is Ponting or even cap Clarke. Hussy and Katich at no way to go now. However, I am sure that Ponting knows how to convince ACA as he is. Please show your fight during Sheild matches...you are a fighter...

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | June 9, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    I totally agree Katich has been very unfairly treated by Aus selectors and may be the captain himself. It is time for Aus public to question the CA board and selection committee. I sense Greg chapple might have something to do with it. He tried to do similar thing with Ind by sacking Nehra, Ganguly, etc. during his coaching tenure. Only, Katich is nothing like Ganguly, who could move mountains in Ind. 35 is not old by any means. Gavaskar, Richards and many other greats played well beyond 35. Aussie selectors definitely got their priorities wrong this time. Hope it will be corrected soon, or else there will be major consequences in Aus cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Kat...I'm all with you mate..You've done all you could. AND it was the BEST of the REST. If the selectors cant acknowledge that, Aussie cricket is headed the same way they have been heading past year..towards rock bottom.. When they hit it it will hit them hard,,,only then they will realise their mistake..

  • POSTED BY mainiac10 on | June 9, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    hey katich.. jz dont lose hope man !!! u wer 1 of d most toughest guy 1 evr saw

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | June 9, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I like Simon Katich - the way he plays - his attitude. Tough guy. The worst part is that he is NOT the one who should have been dropped first. Katich has, or had anyway, some form - why should he go when Ponting stays? what the hell is that about? Looking a bit further - why is Australia forced to rely on "older" players anyway? It's all chooks and roosting. Australia is now paying the price for not picking youger players sooner. Katich has been an incidental casualty. Sorry mate - if we'd only picked you when you were 21 - you could have retired a couple of years ago in some grace with 20 millions test runs to your name.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Well Mr Katich , Come to IPL,relax and have fun!!! Consider ignoring as a gift from ACA for all that you done these years!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Kat, you are too good to be treated like this ! thats all I gotta say

  • POSTED BY havocsat on | June 9, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    feel really sad for Katich... but then what can one expect with Hilditch as chairman... Greg chapell as selector and Michael Clarke who had a dressing room spat with Katich a couple years back as captain... Make a comeback Simon ... i know u will !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Feel very sorry for you...but why the heck tht Steven Smith is given contract ? he hardly bowls a ball in test...& plz for god sake don't pick him in tests as a no.6.. Shaun is right man.Pick Smith as a spin bowler & make him bowl 30 ovrs in a day in lanka. he has some talent...ponting didnt even tried !!!!! thts reason for ashes failure.... and when did White middled a ball....??? i can't remember....dump him!!!

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 9, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Don't make any hasty decisions. Take your time, think deeply. Don't allow emotion to cloud any decisions that concern your future. You can never go back in time. My advice is NOT to retire and just continue scoring runs for every team that you play for.

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 9, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Well Mr. katich,dont give up.... make a trip 2 kolkata and meet DADA.. he will teach u a lesson or two on comebacks.....

  • POSTED BY tomoffinland74 on | June 9, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    No, it wasn't fair to Simon Katich. But was it necessary? Well, that's tough to say. I would sooner have axed Ponting than Katich but who was going to be brave enough to make that call? Katich seems more a victim of timing than anything else - his axing has come at a time when we need to take more risks and give new talent a chance, and surely having a new captain and vice-captain is the time to do it. This is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater but, as Shane Warne pointed out, it sends a mixed message to say the team is in transition but to retain so many older players. To arrest our slide in the test rankings and rebuild, some very difficult calls like this one had to be made.

    Ponting should count himself lucky. And as for Hughes... well, it's time to deliver.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Looks like Australia are taking a leaf out of the England selection policy from the late 80's and early 90's -- all the better for the rest of the world!

  • POSTED BY kempson94 on | June 9, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Allowing he doesn't retire on Friday, I give it three tests at the most until Hughes is dropped. Katich has got at least two full years of test cricket in him, plus he's probably the best spinner in Australia! I'm glad they've dropped him though; would much rather see Phil 'rabbit in the headlights' Hughes opening against us in the 2013 ashes than the solid and dependable Katich. Players should be picked on their skills and record- not just because they're young.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 9, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Mr. Katich, please migrate to Sri Lanka. The retirement age there is 42 for cricketers.

  • POSTED BY SAIRAM123 on | June 9, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Simon, believe in yourself. Don't feel rejected. Time will heal and talent never gets sidelined for too long. Chin up, mate. Wish you the very best.

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  • POSTED BY SAIRAM123 on | June 9, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Simon, believe in yourself. Don't feel rejected. Time will heal and talent never gets sidelined for too long. Chin up, mate. Wish you the very best.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 9, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Mr. Katich, please migrate to Sri Lanka. The retirement age there is 42 for cricketers.

  • POSTED BY kempson94 on | June 9, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Allowing he doesn't retire on Friday, I give it three tests at the most until Hughes is dropped. Katich has got at least two full years of test cricket in him, plus he's probably the best spinner in Australia! I'm glad they've dropped him though; would much rather see Phil 'rabbit in the headlights' Hughes opening against us in the 2013 ashes than the solid and dependable Katich. Players should be picked on their skills and record- not just because they're young.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Looks like Australia are taking a leaf out of the England selection policy from the late 80's and early 90's -- all the better for the rest of the world!

  • POSTED BY tomoffinland74 on | June 9, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    No, it wasn't fair to Simon Katich. But was it necessary? Well, that's tough to say. I would sooner have axed Ponting than Katich but who was going to be brave enough to make that call? Katich seems more a victim of timing than anything else - his axing has come at a time when we need to take more risks and give new talent a chance, and surely having a new captain and vice-captain is the time to do it. This is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater but, as Shane Warne pointed out, it sends a mixed message to say the team is in transition but to retain so many older players. To arrest our slide in the test rankings and rebuild, some very difficult calls like this one had to be made.

    Ponting should count himself lucky. And as for Hughes... well, it's time to deliver.

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 9, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Well Mr. katich,dont give up.... make a trip 2 kolkata and meet DADA.. he will teach u a lesson or two on comebacks.....

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 9, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Don't make any hasty decisions. Take your time, think deeply. Don't allow emotion to cloud any decisions that concern your future. You can never go back in time. My advice is NOT to retire and just continue scoring runs for every team that you play for.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Feel very sorry for you...but why the heck tht Steven Smith is given contract ? he hardly bowls a ball in test...& plz for god sake don't pick him in tests as a no.6.. Shaun is right man.Pick Smith as a spin bowler & make him bowl 30 ovrs in a day in lanka. he has some talent...ponting didnt even tried !!!!! thts reason for ashes failure.... and when did White middled a ball....??? i can't remember....dump him!!!

  • POSTED BY havocsat on | June 9, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    feel really sad for Katich... but then what can one expect with Hilditch as chairman... Greg chapell as selector and Michael Clarke who had a dressing room spat with Katich a couple years back as captain... Make a comeback Simon ... i know u will !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Kat, you are too good to be treated like this ! thats all I gotta say