Australia news June 10, 2011

I feel Katich's disappointment - Clarke

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Giles 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 !

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Md Nasrullah on June 11, 2011, 14:10 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Gopalakrishna 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..

  • sunny 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.

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