Australia news June 10, 2011

I feel Katich's disappointment - Clarke

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Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, has said he is excited to see young players getting central contracts. He also said he could understand Simon Katich's disappointment at being cut from the 25-player list, a controversial development Clarke said he had no part in whatsoever.

"He's [Katich] been a great player for a long time, not just for NSW but for Australia," Clarke told the Daily Telegraph. "He's come back before and I have no doubt, if he continues to do what he's been doing, you never know what can happen in this great game.

"When you become captain you don't become a selector so I had absolutely nothing to do with that [Katich's axing]. That's a selector's job. I sent Simon a text once I found out. Obviously I feel his disappointment."

Clarke, however, was happy with the young talent in Australia's centrally contracted players, especially the fast bowlers. "It's great to see some young guys getting the opportunity," he said. "Pat Cummins, I think it's fantastic for him. I know he's really excited, along with James Pattinson. I think it's about a mixture of experience and youth."

Clarke's first Test assignment as full-time captain is a tour to Sri Lanka, which will be followed by a trip to South Africa and a home series against India. He hopes to earn the respect of his charges through performance. "For me its about performing on the field and hopefully I'll earn their respect," he said. "I've shown throughout my career that I have always put representing my state and country first and foremost. I love what I do."

To earn that respect, though, Clarke will have to overcome a personal challenge. He averaged 56 at No. 5 and nearly 50 at No, 6, positions at where he's batted for most of his 69-Test career. He's moved to No. 4 though, with Michael Hussey dropping down the order, where he averages only 20 in 24 innings.

"It's a position I want to bat in. I love batting at four," Clarke said. "I love being closer to the new ball because you get the chance to get in earlier and set yourself to bat for a long time. What those numbers say to me is that I've got a lot of work to do."

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  • on June 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Precisely. I think it is a joke that Clarke had no input into the selectors decision. If it was all an impartial selection process based solely on form rather than age than the former captain and the current captain should have been miles ahead in the unselection race.

  • big_guy_321 on June 12, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Got to agree with Jeremy Breen is a txt what Katich is worth

  • on June 12, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Poor Kato, I really feel his disappointment. But Clarke's comments (could be honest) only potray him as an incompetent captain. It was a chance for him to take ownership, stamp authority as a captain and do the right thing by talking for Kato. Every player (both juniors and seniors) would have respected him for that. It shows how insecure Clark is at the moment.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Sent him a text when he found out!? Surely he deserved at least a phone call. Show some respect Clarke!

  • stationmaster on June 12, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    I think this is great news for the next ashes - Aussies are now going to be even worse at the top of the batting. Thanks Aussie selectors - we love you !

  • on June 11, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @ Shevahn Gunasekera Yeah with your teams current performance in England the Australian's will really be quaking in their boots. Also, are you suggesting that non-subcontinent teams get favourable decisions when they play on the sub-continent? Are you serious?! If anything, the DRS is going to HELP the Australians. Why do you think India are so opposed to it? What a completely nonsensical post.

  • Saaalik on June 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    lol!...everyone against clarke; and katich's poor ouster over a strange decision...me too!!!

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Its like when clarke tried to open batting in ODI's a couple times he failed miserably, he's a good batsman but should be down the order, take misbah ul haq for example, he is captain of pakistan, he knows he can move up to 4 if he wants but he decides to stay at 5-6 because thats his best position.

  • soorajiyer on June 11, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Somehow never liked Michael Clarke from the moment he started playing for OZ! Sad to see Katich go - I mean easily the best player OZs had for past 3 years. OZs seem to take the 90s BCCI selection mode! A strong lineup made to look very ordinary by extremely wrong decisions.

    Huss at number 5, okie make him no 11! The best player ozs have right now against moving ball!! Sad state..

  • shaantanu on June 11, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Ridiculous to leave out Katich.i thought politics and sports go hand in hand in the subcontinent only.Sad to see it happening in Aus too.And i feel Katich would have made a better captain than baby faced MC.

  • on June 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Precisely. I think it is a joke that Clarke had no input into the selectors decision. If it was all an impartial selection process based solely on form rather than age than the former captain and the current captain should have been miles ahead in the unselection race.

  • big_guy_321 on June 12, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Got to agree with Jeremy Breen is a txt what Katich is worth

  • on June 12, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Poor Kato, I really feel his disappointment. But Clarke's comments (could be honest) only potray him as an incompetent captain. It was a chance for him to take ownership, stamp authority as a captain and do the right thing by talking for Kato. Every player (both juniors and seniors) would have respected him for that. It shows how insecure Clark is at the moment.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Sent him a text when he found out!? Surely he deserved at least a phone call. Show some respect Clarke!

  • stationmaster on June 12, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    I think this is great news for the next ashes - Aussies are now going to be even worse at the top of the batting. Thanks Aussie selectors - we love you !

  • on June 11, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @ Shevahn Gunasekera Yeah with your teams current performance in England the Australian's will really be quaking in their boots. Also, are you suggesting that non-subcontinent teams get favourable decisions when they play on the sub-continent? Are you serious?! If anything, the DRS is going to HELP the Australians. Why do you think India are so opposed to it? What a completely nonsensical post.

  • Saaalik on June 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    lol!...everyone against clarke; and katich's poor ouster over a strange decision...me too!!!

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Its like when clarke tried to open batting in ODI's a couple times he failed miserably, he's a good batsman but should be down the order, take misbah ul haq for example, he is captain of pakistan, he knows he can move up to 4 if he wants but he decides to stay at 5-6 because thats his best position.

  • soorajiyer on June 11, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Somehow never liked Michael Clarke from the moment he started playing for OZ! Sad to see Katich go - I mean easily the best player OZs had for past 3 years. OZs seem to take the 90s BCCI selection mode! A strong lineup made to look very ordinary by extremely wrong decisions.

    Huss at number 5, okie make him no 11! The best player ozs have right now against moving ball!! Sad state..

  • shaantanu on June 11, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Ridiculous to leave out Katich.i thought politics and sports go hand in hand in the subcontinent only.Sad to see it happening in Aus too.And i feel Katich would have made a better captain than baby faced MC.

  • gogoldengreens on June 11, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Michael Clarke should not be captain he is not good enough to bat at 4 his average since moving up the order would suggest he should be back in sheild cricket also he is a poor handler of men ie dressing room stouch with Katich a few years ago, as well as Andrew Symonds trouble within the team started during Clarkes first period captaining the ODI team when Clarke called a team meeting after the team had been given the day off and Andrew had already gone fishing for the day.

  • Mervo on June 11, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Would this have anything to do with the argument between Clarke and Katich? Clarke should never have been captain. Australian cricket needs to re-build but that is best done by older experienced players mentoring younger ones. Our incompetent selectors, who should have been long gone, have condemned our cricket to years in the doldrums. Cricket Australia is liable for not having re-structured the national selectors. Many fans have been lost and that will translate into lost dollars and the value of these new contracts.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Whats happening to Katich is happening to many players world wide. A player like dravid gets 8 innings to prove his mettle , A jayasuriya comes back to ODI for a single ODI game ! ,an Afiridi is dropped for God knows the reason. Selectors worldwide making the game boring day by day. The only thing came out of this is few exciting 20/20 games but sorry to say test cricket require more consistent policy.

  • dsig3 on June 11, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    The comments here show how hard Clarke's job is going to be. I dont like him either but what else is he supposed to say? Ponting, Waugh and Taylor would have said the same thing but everybody hates on Clarke in Aus.

  • Jim1207 on June 11, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    A good captain should choose his team. Here Clarke says he does not know that Katich is being sacked. So what power does he has as captain? What plans does he have for winning if he does not even pick a player he wants? Who knows he is the person who fired Katich, may be he has all the power without any plan obviously. Look at MS Dhoni, he picks the side even if coach or chairman of selectors thinks otherwise sometimes because captain has a plan on the field against every opponent and to carry out his plans he needs the players he wants. The truth is either he does not have a plan and power or he has all the power but still with no plan. If in truth he does not know anything about the axing, how is he going to operate on the field if he does not even know his players well and if he does not even have any power to retain his best players in the team? It's all hypocrisy I see.

  • anranga1 on June 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Clarke feeling sorry for Katich? Reports would indicate that would be a joke.

  • on June 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Ur Gonna have a hard time In Lanka mate! Lankan Lionz are gonna wipe that smile outta ur faces so Watch out..We were very unfortunate to lose the 1st test in England but WHo knows? In the Final test we might be able to beat England .. Playing us at home is very hard :) and with DRS now It'll be very much harder

  • Swaer on June 11, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Sheesh, and I thought South Africans hated Graeme Smith

  • Kirkittur on June 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    and Sutherland, the new Ijaz Butt!!

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    "I love being closer to the new ball because you get the chance to get in earlier...."..obviously he cant face the new ball if katich is around , coz katich is solid with may b inform watto and punter.But the sad part of the team is ...#5 get ur gear ready , coz u cud b soon in next ....:)

  • VivGilchrist on June 11, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Oh, how genuine. Clarke is no no4. Watson is. Now that the guy who shouldve been captain is axed. Watto will stay on as opener leaving Australia with one of the weakest no4's in international cricket.

  • RD270 on June 11, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    The admission by Clarke that he had nothing to do with Kato's axing shows him in poor light. It shows what a weak leader of men he is. Not willing to stand by his strongest performer and not being man enough to let bygones be bygones. On a different note, one G.S Chappell ruined India, he has a made a similarly great start with Oz. Good luck to you Clarkey and the Aussie team!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 10, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    @SRT_Genius: David Warner at number 4 in Australia's Test team???? You're 'avin a laugh, aren't you? I'd rather have Shoaib Malik in there. There's no way Warner will get away with his slog tendencies at Test level, let alone at number 4 at that.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    @Winsome! LOL. Clarke is the new Shoaib Malik.

  • Tomek on June 10, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Personally I'd rather see a proven captain take over for a while. I don't know, like Katich? Could easily lead the country for three years, give 'pup' a chance to prove he still belongs in the side. Or give Hilditch a chance to get sacked, and Tim Paine can come in, set himself and take over as Captain. I find it astounding that the pride of sutherland, and the stupidity of hilditch, two NON players has sent Australia down the rankings. There should be a revolution.

  • Doogius on June 10, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Clarke, you are a dog. Every person in Oz thinks Katichs sacking was a disgrace, and all you can do is say how happy you are and that the game is great. Shows the kind of person you are that your best performing player for the last few years gets sacked, no phone call, you send him a text message. The only dissappointing thing from all of this is that Katto didn't clean your clock when he had the chance. Can't wait for the next series in Oz, will be the only time I'll ever get to see an Oz captain booed in Oz.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    No.4 is problem spot for Australia but Clarke batting at number 4 is obviously abuse of power. It's not about what he loves... it's about what's best for the team. He can come up the order in the subcontinent where the ball wears off faster - but under most circumstances he should view himself as a batting all rounder who comes in at no. 6 (5 in the sub continent) . Test batting Order should be Katich(now Hughes), Watson, Ponting, Warner, Hussey, Clarke. That way team will have a mixture of aggression and balance. Once Ponting chucked like Katich, they need to find a no.3 - that can be Warner again.

  • Winsome on June 10, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    How would he know how great it is to bat at 4? He's never out there long enough to find out. He should drop back down the order, he's a waste of space at 4.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Let me sum it up from Clarke: " I feel his disappointment, but just loved every bit when he lost it. Don't mess with pup".

  • Jayco on June 10, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    All he did was send a text? Despite all those tours, playing for NSW etc, obviously these guys weren't very close. A captain should be able to stand up for a player. And wow, it's so strange that a captain has no say in selection. That's a very bizarre, weak situation for a captain. The captain should have some say in his team, and be able to defend his players. Ponting certainly did.

  • 5wombats on June 10, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    How very gracious! It could have - and perhaps should have been YOU Michael.

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    What Clarke would actually thinks is: "I love being closer to the new ball because you get the chance to get out earlier and sit yourself in an air-conditioned dressing room for a long time. What those numbers say to me is that I've got a lot of work to do, which obviously is not for me."

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  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    What Clarke would actually thinks is: "I love being closer to the new ball because you get the chance to get out earlier and sit yourself in an air-conditioned dressing room for a long time. What those numbers say to me is that I've got a lot of work to do, which obviously is not for me."

  • 5wombats on June 10, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    How very gracious! It could have - and perhaps should have been YOU Michael.

  • Jayco on June 10, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    All he did was send a text? Despite all those tours, playing for NSW etc, obviously these guys weren't very close. A captain should be able to stand up for a player. And wow, it's so strange that a captain has no say in selection. That's a very bizarre, weak situation for a captain. The captain should have some say in his team, and be able to defend his players. Ponting certainly did.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Let me sum it up from Clarke: " I feel his disappointment, but just loved every bit when he lost it. Don't mess with pup".

  • Winsome on June 10, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    How would he know how great it is to bat at 4? He's never out there long enough to find out. He should drop back down the order, he's a waste of space at 4.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    No.4 is problem spot for Australia but Clarke batting at number 4 is obviously abuse of power. It's not about what he loves... it's about what's best for the team. He can come up the order in the subcontinent where the ball wears off faster - but under most circumstances he should view himself as a batting all rounder who comes in at no. 6 (5 in the sub continent) . Test batting Order should be Katich(now Hughes), Watson, Ponting, Warner, Hussey, Clarke. That way team will have a mixture of aggression and balance. Once Ponting chucked like Katich, they need to find a no.3 - that can be Warner again.

  • Doogius on June 10, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Clarke, you are a dog. Every person in Oz thinks Katichs sacking was a disgrace, and all you can do is say how happy you are and that the game is great. Shows the kind of person you are that your best performing player for the last few years gets sacked, no phone call, you send him a text message. The only dissappointing thing from all of this is that Katto didn't clean your clock when he had the chance. Can't wait for the next series in Oz, will be the only time I'll ever get to see an Oz captain booed in Oz.

  • Tomek on June 10, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Personally I'd rather see a proven captain take over for a while. I don't know, like Katich? Could easily lead the country for three years, give 'pup' a chance to prove he still belongs in the side. Or give Hilditch a chance to get sacked, and Tim Paine can come in, set himself and take over as Captain. I find it astounding that the pride of sutherland, and the stupidity of hilditch, two NON players has sent Australia down the rankings. There should be a revolution.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    @Winsome! LOL. Clarke is the new Shoaib Malik.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 10, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    @SRT_Genius: David Warner at number 4 in Australia's Test team???? You're 'avin a laugh, aren't you? I'd rather have Shoaib Malik in there. There's no way Warner will get away with his slog tendencies at Test level, let alone at number 4 at that.