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June 12, 2011

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Simon Katich nudges another single, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, November 26, 2010
Simon Katich's removal has prompted Australia's defence minister, Stephen Smith, to take a swing at the national selectors © Getty Images
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Simon Katich's contentious removal from the 25-man list of Cricket Australia contracts has moved the federal defence minister, Stephen Smith, to make his own unbridled attack on the national selectors.

Unlike on the subcontinent where the crossover between the sporting and legislative realms is frequent and often fevered, Australian cricket and politics seldom collide.

But Smith had no hesitation in making his feelings known when questioned about the decision on the Insiders program on Australian television.

Like Katich a West Australian by birth, Smith said the decision ranked with any of the poorest calls made by selectors in Australian cricket history.

"Well historically of course there have been a series of atrocities committed by the Australian Cricket Board or Cricket Australia or the Australian selectors against Western Australian cricketers but this one is extraordinary. This one is very high at the top of the list," Smith said.

"I mean this is a bloke who over the last 30 Tests he's played has got nearly 3,000 runs, an average of 50 and done better than Ponting and Mike Hussey.

"So it's an extraordinary decision. And regrettably whilst it's always easy to take a shot at selectors I think it says a lot more about the selectors than it does about Simon Katich and I think frankly it has sent very much a message which has undermined confidence in the selectors that they're really up to the task in terms of managing a transition to the next generation of Australian cricketers.

"Simon Katich has the resolve and the determination that you want to have during hard times. So it's an extraordinary decision. If he's not in the top 25 Australian cricketers - and I can't find one better opener than him on that list, let alone two - then I'll go hee for chasey."

CA's head of cricket operations, Michael Brown, maintained the organisation's defence of the selectors.

'I certainly don't support the idea that [if] you pay peanuts you get monkeys. A lot of people work in cricket, which is essentially a volunteered game, who are incredibly talented, incredibly qualified and incredibly committed but do the best they can because they love the game,'' Brown told The Sunday Age. ''If that step to professionalism is enhanced by having full-time selectors then cricket will move in that direction but just by making people full-time doesn't automatically give you the best outcome.

"You have got to have the best people, the best structures, the best position description for them, and make sure they are accountable. If we are about making the game go forward that issue needs to be considered and I'm sure it will be by the [Argus] Team Performance Review.

'This panel puts on the ground what it thinks is the best team to win every game of cricket it plays in, it doesn't bat and bowl. Yes it has [been] accountable for selection and for outcomes once performances have been made but to say that the selection panel has lost Ashes series, that's incorrect.''

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Posted by Happy_AusBang on (June 14, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

Stephen Smith is one of the most composed person I have seen in politics. If he can get fired up over this, you can imagine how bad it is. This is simply atrocious! I think the Board and the selectors should be asked to explain. The only thing I have against Katich is why the hell did he go to play for NSW? What was wrong with WA where he is so adored?

Posted by KHooper1 on (June 14, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

Who owns australian cricket ?

Posted by AdmireZAK on (June 14, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

Oh Its Greg Chappel behind all this,Guys Trust me he is a real destroyer of confidence of a player,he creates insecurity among the Players,He did it with Team India,He dropped Zaheer,he make players like Viru,Bhajji feel insecure..entire cricket world knows about his email leak(about Ganguly's captaincy) once he is kicked out by BCCI see where is team india now..Wake up CA

Posted by fazald on (June 14, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

I do agree with the minister Steven Smith's allegation that the ashes was lost due to poor team selection. One instance that comes to mind is the omission of Nathan Hauritz in the final ashes test in England on a spinners wicket which cost us the game & the series. Though there was no such incident during the last ashes series in Australia the team selected during the series was pretty ordinary.The inclusion of Smith, Doherty & Beer instead of a frontline spinner like Hauritz was a poor decision. The inclusion of Hughes for the injured Katich proved very costly as the English bowlers were able to exploit his weaknesses right from the start. By the time the struggling Marcus North was dropped it was too late to win the series as the middle order was just as brittle.Likewise due to poor team selection we lost many matches during the recent past which could have been avoided by good team selection. As such I reckon that most of it was self inflicted due to our incompetent selectors.

Posted by Silly_gilly on (June 14, 2011, 1:48 GMT)

Mate...this is insane...can someone please fire all the selectors...or else Australian cricket will be in a very deep trouble waters...!!!

Posted by __PK on (June 14, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

................go what for what?

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (June 14, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

My Lord! In which way International cricket heading towards!!!! In recent times there has been several controversies: Irish supporters condemned ICC for 10-team World Cup idea, dropping of Sarwan early in Pak series & now Gayle has been dropped from last 10 ODIs, Shahid Afridi sacked from a post of ODI captain, Australian selectors thrashed widely by cricket circles & media over Katich selection. I beg to all cricket management, boards, players, commentators, covering media: please be sincere to your jobs, please help cricket prosper, please leave your personal enmities aside for betterment of the game!

Posted by   on (June 14, 2011, 0:57 GMT)

True about Hilditch njr1330 but if my memory serves me correctly Hilditch picked up the ball and handed it to the bowler (Sarfraz Nawaz I think) who appealed and the umpire had no choice, given the rules at the time, but to give him out. I agree totally with the other statements and I also wonder if Katich and Hauritz are consoling each other.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 23:21 GMT)

Greg Chappel did all the wrong thing to Indian cricket whatever he could do. And now it is Austalia's turn......

Posted by delastbastion on (June 13, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

have i missed summin ...I was of the view that he was not offered a central contract !!! nothing to do with being picked or dropped, it would seem to me that he is still avaliable for selection....unless ofcourse selection to the aussie team is limited to contracted players only

Posted by Engle on (June 13, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

The silence from CA on this issue is deafening. All hail Katich, the Australian Afridi !

Posted by Agni_25 on (June 13, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

Greg Chappel always "Rocks"....... Did I misspell something here ?

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

Oh Lord-- It gets better! (or worse!).... So... Katich (age: 35, Last 12-month avearge: 33) is dropped while Ponting (36, 29) is stripped of his captaincy but retained all the same?!? But wait, it's gets better yet! Clarke (30, 21.5) is made captain (and undroppable). Can it get any "better" yet? How about the fact that a certain GS Chappell averaged 73 in Tests in his 36th year? Wait ... did I say Greg Chappell? Oh. it all makes sense. CA deserves nothing worse (or better!). "Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own." - WLS Churchill

Posted by AdmireZAK on (June 13, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

By the way what Ponting did in last 2years,and i hope is not in his 20s..why he is in. Mr.Selector what is ur criteria to shortlist..ur confusing me.

Posted by rsababu on (June 13, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

xlent decision .. He is not great in the filed moreover in his last 10 innings 231 runs..

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

LOL! I thought it was only us Pakistanis that were capable of such monumental illogic and injustice. Good to know that stupidity is kinda evenly spread. Even if the selectors' reasons for dropping an in-form and established player with a view to "the future" is somehow accepted as just, it beggars belief that a 35 year old, with an average of 50 over the last 3 years should somehow be considered less bankable that some almost untested youth for a test a mere 2 years down the road! Hello? How old is Tendulkar? Or Ponting or Mike Hussey for that matter!? Just one word to describe this travesty: Ridiculous!

Posted by njr1330 on (June 13, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Who is the only batsman in the world, who can stand up and say that, in the last 2 years I have got more Test runs than everyone except Alastair Cook ? Er.... that would be Simon Katich...I know let's drop him! Can anyone remember Brad Hodge being dropped when his test average was 90? At the end of the day, batting is about runs on the board...and Katich has got more of them than (almost) anyone else. This also puts pressure on the young players who come in; they've got to be seen to get more runs than Katich...but they won't, because none of them are called Cook! Andrew Hilditch has never recovered from being the only Test player in history to be given 'Out handled Ball' at the non-striker's end! (True!)

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (June 13, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Wow - just read an article on the CA website where sutherland has said: "I'm sure the door's not entirely closed on him. I sincerely wish him the very best and encourage to put lots of runs on the board to prove the selectors wrong." How do you prove the selectors wrong after averaging 50 in the last few years at international test level and still being dropped? Does anyone on this forum agree with this decision cause i cant see any comments for katich to be dropped?

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Good on Stephen Smith, and I am appreciative of the fact that WA players have always been treated shabbily by the East Coasters and in this case the SA troop. Kim Hughes, Graeme Wood,Katich, Mike Hussey the list is endless.. Greg Chappel, well what can I say the facts speak for itself.

Posted by dinom on (June 13, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

I think it was a big mistake to drop Katich...Australia needs all three openers, Katich, Watson & Hughes. Now that Katich is dropped, what if either Watson or/and Hughes is/are injured during the SL or SA series, will the selectors go for untested openers then?

Posted by vertical on (June 13, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

i think its also points to the structure of the game.With different countries and various population sizes some countries inevitably will produce more (and better) cricketers (provided a good cricket administration is in place).For example in australian golden age in cricket roughly from 99-07 a lot of cricket careers were cut short .Stuart mcgill,darren lehmann, andrew symonds and even michael bevan.It would be very difficult to do away with this system and switch to clubs but maybe some nations should be allowed to field more than one team say aus a and aus b.Since sport careers are short so all cricketers want to play as long as possible as simon katich and others.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

T.SB Said: I think Auz selectors have long chosen on potential. Hauritz and Watson are beneficaries of this move. No so true Hauritz was chosen on potentially being long term was given his chance but IMO not for long enough but wasn't picked on potential as such more on being the best of the rest who had already a few seasons for NSW. Watson on the other hand had already proven himself as a good bat and handy bowler who had already scored a hundred and taken 10wks in a FC match only strange thing with him was being picked for ODI's before Tests but on his proven skills with both bat and ball got the nod. The only truely potential players that paid off for Australia in resent times are McGrath, Warne and Martyn. My 11 Hughes, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, D.Hussey, M.Hussey, Haddin, Hauritz, Hastings, Siddle, Bollinger. God help us if they play Smith, D.Hussey prob bowls as well if not better and is a much better bat, if Smith plays our batting is to short and we can't count on M.Johnson.

Posted by Victorian-Roo on (June 13, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH AUSTRALIANISMS........."I'll go Hee for Chasey" means "an assurance of one's complete faith in what one says: e.g. If we can't do that in a day's work, I'll go hee!" As far as Chasey is concerned, it is a playground game played worldwide that involves one or more players chasing other players in an attempt to "tag" or touch them, usually with their hands.

Posted by DandB on (June 13, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

'Hee for chasey' means 'I'll be "it"' for a game of chasey or tag.

Posted by T.SB on (June 13, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

I think Auz selectors have long chosen on potential. Hauritz and Watson are beneficaries of this move. If you give someone long enough they will often that not will prove taht it is a right decision.But wat puzzels me is ' how many other players miss out because of it?, Hauritz should never have been thrown in so early and then thrown out just when he was starting to come good. Watson might now be one of the first picked, but for so long was a passenger it looked like he was glued to the back seat.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (June 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

What if Hughes and Khawaja are injured or underperfom? Katich isn't even in the squad! Getting rid of him is a truly bizarre decision not based on any logic at all.

These administrators and selectors need a massive kick up the backside! If they want a young bloke in the side Paine would be a good start, Haddins glovework is marginal at best.

Posted by Beertjie on (June 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

I like the thinking of @Blake Houston and of @Chris Kostopoulis (about the captain having a hand in it somewhere). When is the review coming out so we can see what those guys think? My team would be Katich, Watson, Ponting, Khawaja, Clarke, Hussey (mix of left-and-right handers), Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Harris, Bollinger (with O'Keefe, Siddle, Smith, and Hughes) for Sri Lanka. A change or two for SA for the different conditions (and MJ might have to go back to first-class cricket despite his record in SA!) Basically you've got to mix 'n match during this period and accept the losses provided you've got a plan, but as so many have pointed out, it is that which is so singularly lacking among those responsible for selections. Glad to see a politician adding his bit, because the outraged public views count for diddly squat with CA.

Posted by anver777 on (June 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Dropping a player like Katich is a big blunder by the SELECTORS !!! I think its high time to DROP the selectors & SELECT a fresh panel for the betterment of Aus cricket ...

Posted by NeedForSpeed on (June 13, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

Why should the selectors have more power compared to a player? It's the same with gayle and WICB. malinga and SL...It's about time they propose a new rule - any batsman who has averaged 50 in the past 10 tests cannot be removed from contract (also in the same line for bowler)...u simply can't remove a player because he doesn't show respect to board / he's gotten old/ he's injured...Everytime a match is lost, u shld sack the selector responisble for the failure of player/s. If the players are taking all the risk, then the power should also remain with them. Involve the coach, captain, senior players during selection process

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (June 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Katich @ 36 has not much of the international cricket left in him, may be maximum of two years, they should go for other option & I think they go for this strategy to work on Watson,29, a sound batsman technically, with a test match temperament & also limited overs' power hitting ability. Philip Hughes,22 with a first class average of above 50. Shaun Marsh,27, an excellent player able to bat at any position with a tendency to stay for a long time in limited overs cricket, especially as an opener. I think if Katich scores at the average of 50, he couldn't do so for a long time not more than a year or two. They are right if they are approaching Katich on these lines.

Posted by Notredam on (June 13, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

aboslutely disgrace to leave simon out..

Posted by gopz_cric on (June 13, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Yes Mr. Greg Chappel has the gratest reputation of bringing down the best performing the sides to the worst... he did for India... He ended a glorious career of the Bengal Tiger...(though Ganguly's removal is not fully because of him... his part is major) he is now in charge of Aussies... The once upon a time mighty aussies are on the mats now... This who;e credit to the Selectors and in that too the major chunk of this Credit goes to Greg Chappel the great... by the way who said Good cricketers cannot make worst Man-managers... here is one...

Posted by Timmuh on (June 13, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

Shesh Kondi, you are fundamentally incorrect on a number of counts. Sledging was jot invented under Ponting, its been part of the game since at least W.G. Grace and probably reached its peak in Australian teams under S Waugh. The reason why there is an oucry over the Katich sacking is that, even if age is to be a factor, he's the best performed of the older guys in recent years. Ponting, especially, has been in horrible form for two years or more. And the captaincy was handed to a guy who should not be anywhere near the Test side on recent form. Katich actually should have been made captain with neither Ponting or Clarke going to Sri Lanka. After the debacle of continuing to select a bowler who can't hit the the pitch on a regular basis, in Johnson, a so-called all-rounder who wouldn't yet get a game for Ireland in Smith, and the repetition of ineptitude in picking a spinner for a game oir two and then going onto the next unproven spud with no form, the Australian public is fed up.

Posted by DEV_ME on (June 13, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

Its not about Katich, its about the basis on which he is dropped and the system in operation. Katcih may not hav been a match winner as Shesh Kondi suggests, but he performs for hi country. His contribution cant be ignored as his form cant be ! A team dosent need 11 match winners, they need 11 performers. Dropping someone on criteria of only age is ridiculous !

Posted by tfjones1978 on (June 13, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

I find it unbelievable that have non-performers in the Aust team, so they decide to drop the ONE BATSMEN that is batting well. Katich is the Border of the 1980s, he has been carrying this team. I hope that Katich takes them to the unfair dismissal courts as to me he has a strong case. Discrimination on age is rediculous, in particular since Ponting has made one score in the past 18 months, but he gets to stay there!

Posted by ROLAYH on (June 13, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

what does the term for hee for chase means?

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

I completely disagree with Shesh Kondi... Im an Indian supporter too.. but what Gregg Chappel did with Saurav Ganguly was just not right...

About this bizarre selection - I dont care how old u are ... or wheher ure fat , thin .. if uve got the talent... the steel .. the determination -- and if ure averaging 50 in the recent tests... do be not selected in a squad of 25 makes no sense to me!

and believe me... Mr.Gregg Chappal is just the right person in the aussie cricket management if they are preparing to lose !

Posted by pratik1985 on (June 13, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

being a big fan of aussie cricket,it is really sad to see something like this happen to a player of Katich's calibre..shame on the selctors part and whoever was instrumental in this horrific decision..WE WANT OUR KATO BACK!!

Posted by silly_mid_on on (June 13, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

I've been playing and watching cricket for 35 years. In recent years I have lost faith in the game, purely because of selectors and administrators. Please remove Sutherland and Hilditch.

Posted by fazald on (June 13, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

Whilst Aussie cricket is in deep crisis & our selectors the laughing stock of world cricket today they are continuing regardless of the damage suffered to our image unprecedented in the history of the game in this country.The dropping of Katich & the inclusion of players not upto international standards speaks volumes about the incompetency of the selection panel.Due to poor team selection policies & decisions as this we have lost two ashes series, a test series to India, the world cup & plumetted to 5th place in world cricket rankings after dominating world cricket for 15 years. No doubt the future of aussie cricket is very bleak & now depends on the "Argus Review" committee report recommendations. If we don't cleanup the mess very soon we could end up like the West Indies. Surely you cannot turn a blind eye to the obvious reasons why cricket in this country is in a crisis. This is not rocket science either we need to fix it now or suffer the consequences for years to come.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (June 13, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

The selection panel has lost the Ashes series. The Minister is right.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 1:33 GMT)

It's pretty simple if your good enough you get to play for your Country & if your not you get to prove yourself at state level first no matter how long it takes M.Hussey was how old when he got his first game?

When players like Katich do all the hard work to prove that they should be still playing for their Country & stands up in our top 5 bats over the past couple of years & doesn't get a contract ahead of someone like Smith who is only in the side because the selectors "believe" he's the next big thing who by the way hasn't done much in any form of the game, its trully ripping the guts out of current & upcoming players who still seem to think you get picked on what you have done on the park and not because SOMEONE THINKS YOUR GREAT.

CA will be the cause of Australia's downfall if they don't play cricketers that have proven themselves long before hitting the Australian team, you can't just find the next big thing it will just happen and it doesn't have to be "young" WAKE UP!!!

Posted by Andy500265 on (June 13, 2011, 1:14 GMT)

@nakihunter, I can't agree with everything you said. Chappell was a good captain. However, he is most certainly a terrible selector and coach. He should be sacked immediately. How they think ditching Katich will help us is beyond me. All they are doing is making life a lot easier for our opponents.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2011, 0:37 GMT)

OMG !! I can't believe this. "ONE" guy gets dropped from a team and all this hue-and-cry ??? And, its not like this Katich has won dozens of matches for Australia. How many matches can you think of where this guy fought and won the match for Australia, single-handedly??? Just get on with it. Honestly, in the present australian team, there "are" no great cricketers . The era of the greats ended with Border, Waugh, Warne and McGrath. The rest are worthless and command absolutely no respect in this so called "Gentleman's game" . Case in point : Sledging was invented by teams led by the great Punter !! And as an Indian supporter, Greg Chappel did nothing wrong with Ganguly. He had hit his sunset and should have gracefully gone out.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 12, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

Okay. So the decision is unanimous then? Get rid of Greg Chappell. And Andrew Hilditch. And Tim Nielsen. Boon and Cox seem to be okay but we could probably do better than them too. I suggest Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath and Warne as our 4 selectors with Gilchrist chief of selectors, and then to have Allan Border as the new coach. I am willing to accept Tom Moody if Allan Border isn't available. Do that, and we can be number 1 again in no time.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

i think they brought chappel for the good of aust cricket, but plz now show him the gate for the sake of quality of world cricket..

Posted by Doogius on (June 12, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

So, we all know how this is going to panout. Lots of hot air until the next series. If Kats replacement fails, then the 'we have to give them time' argument will pop up and if he succeeds, there'll be lots of I told you so's. Basically, this will go on and on until after the next ashes series, when we have another performance review, from which nothing will come but more hot air. Seriously, whats the board doing in all this. The executive have presided over a 5 year debacle. Sack the board - they're the ones that have allowed this to happen.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

i agree that katich should have captain ahead of clarke but he was dropped instead. Sorry for CA

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

by any chance Katich didn't have a grandparent who was a kiwi ? we will take him if he does, not ponting though, keep him. last time ponting was any good New zealand had actual batsmen.

Posted by ygkd on (June 12, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

Australian selectors have long chosen on potential. Hauritz, Symonds and Watson are 3 recent beneficaries of this policy. If you give someone long enough they will often come good and "prove" the decision right. But the question remains how many other players miss out because of it? Hauritz should never have been thrown in so early and then thrown out just when he was starting to come good. Symonds' chances killed Ian Harvey's international career. Watson might now be one of the first picked, but for so long was a passenger it looked like he was glued to the back seat. Go back a bit earlier, Mcgrath, Warne and Steve Waugh were all picked on potential, but they were 3 greats and didn't destabilise the overall team. The insistance of using Watson as an opener has, I believe, upset the opening stocks. Where are the true openers now? Rogers & Jacques are unfavoured. Katich is dumped (not that he had been a specialist either). What message does this send to the youngsters coming through?

Posted by nakihunter on (June 12, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

Quote "You have got to have the best people, the best structures, the best position description for them..." What about having the best players? If Katich is the best performer over the last 3 years and younger than Ponting & Hussey, is he not more likely to be around for the 2013 Ashes?

This reeks of Greg Chapel logic......like what he di to the Indian team and almost destroyed it in 1 year. He questioned Tendulkar's commitment, alienated Sehwag, Zaheer, Harbajan ....all of them best players. As soon as Chapel left, the indian team started winning again and all these players returned to their best.

For the sake of Australian Cricket's future, please get rid of Greg Chapel. He was a great batsman but a poor captain, poor coach and a poor selector.

Posted by Mervo on (June 12, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

Why are these dumb selectors still there? We were told after the Ashes debacle that they would be reviewed and replaced. Yet here they are again with their same odd ball pickings. I believe we also clean out the executive and board of Cricket Australia for doing nothing during this entire period.

A new broom must start with the top.

Posted by ABP235 on (June 12, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

All those who were saying Aussie cricket is professional, you will now know. This guy Katich should have been a captain ahead of Clarke (and Punter should have been out by now), but what's in Chappo's head? No one knows. Sidelining Katich is like how Dhoni is sidelining Dinesh Karthik knowing very well that Karthik is a threat to his career (thats why you see ordinary keepers like Saha being brought out)!

Posted by Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on (June 12, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

When Greg was at the helm in distant India, i remb Ganguly, Shewag, Zaheer and lately Irfan Pathan being shown the door !!! Even Sachin's contribution was questioned.. No wonder that team bombed in wc 2007.. Greg was 1 of our all time gr8 batter but as a coach/selector, seriously, this guy has lost it now...

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

This guy Katich who should have been a captaincy contender ahead of the unruly and atrocious Punter is out of the top 25! Who said Aussie cricket is professional? Indians are better by miles, not yards!

Posted by Vikramaditya100 on (June 12, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

I don't think Aussie selectors have ever been good anyway. When Trevor Hohns was the chief he dropped players like M.Waugh, S.Waugh, M.Bevan etc. They could get away with such calls at that time because of only McGrath and Warne. But now it is not the case. The don't have these two to cover up for the batsmen's failure. At that time they were seen as the benchmark of selection- being unemotional about dropping great players. But this is what happens when you don't respect your players who have selflessly served the team. I think CA needs to learn to respect its players, not just the great ones but the others as well.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

So much for ICC's attempt to separate politics and cricket. Why go after the Asian nations when its happening in Australia also.

Posted by Ronaldus on (June 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

As a South African, I can just shake my head in bewilderment at some of the things your selectors do and say. I used to joke that the greatest ally any team playing against the Aussies has is the Australian selection panel. Now they have removed all doubt. It's no longer a joke, but reality. I really feel sorry for Aussie cricket supporters.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Come on Guys!!! This was expected of Greg Chappel,,, Who can forget what did with Indian team Specially Ruining the Carrer Of Saurav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan

Posted by vels79 on (June 12, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Whats all this fuzz about Simon Katich being dropped? He has scored a grand total of 231 runs in his last 10 innings with just one score of 50!!! If he shouldnt be dropped for a younger opener, should one drop watto??

Posted by donda on (June 12, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

These type of decisions will make Australia become like WI in next 10 years. I like the minister to come in and interfere because Australia is greatest cricket nation and they need to maintain greatness. He is not playing politics here but he is telling the truth.

Very bad decision by Selectors and its extremely dangerous for Aussies future.

Posted by davidallan on (June 12, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

Greg Chappel has done it before and will do again,distroy a cricket team.last time its India know Australia.Common Greg This is your own country

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

guys before saying anything about pointing just think how many matches he had won for his team and frankly speaking it was pointing who scored a century against india in world cup not katich simon is a good player but look at the record of pointing to he is the best and he know how to bounce back just wait and watch and selectors are right if they will give chances to young players other wise after four year they will again say team in transition period if u want katich to be in the team than drop phil hughes not pointing or hussey

Posted by davidallan on (June 12, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

It shows how frestated Aussies are now days,even selection pannel is failed now...........

Posted by DanielP on (June 12, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

I think it's "I'll go he for chasey". It's volunteering to be "It", not volunteering to have a laugh.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

Greg Chappel = controversy

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

we have a problem similar to that of the Aussies. A man that ios not on contract is asked to answer a courtmartial for his comments. Press on Kaitichand let your views be heard. A bunch of selectors in the west indies who could not command a place in the test team selecting players but the knowledgeables ones are ignored. we have a Board that is carrying our cricket in the Windies further and further from civilization

Posted by sharidas on (June 12, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

The tendency to drop players based on their age and not form,is nothing new in Cricket. But it certainly lacks logic, as the better Player should always have precedence. If one looks at the list of fine players who played second fiddle to better players, it would be easy to understand,as to what the criteria should be. Look what happened to Macgill,because he happened to play in the same era as Warne. So it should always be that the better player- irrespective of age should be the first choice.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

I think Satanwish summed it right....Greg Chappel is making things overly scientific and complex (and as with Indian team) he will take Australian cricket to lowest of levels. As he did in India where he was dead against seniors, same way, in Aussie Land, he is dead against seniors. But one question I would like to ask here - If a senior pro is performing, why unnecessarily still fire that senior pro? Give a solid reason for this Mr. Greg "Scientific & Complex" Chappel

Posted by tristan_the_hornett on (June 12, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

Australian Test Team should read: S. Katich, P. Hughes, M. Clarke, U. Kawaja, S. Watson, M. Hussey, B. Haddin, N. Hauritz, R. Harris, P. Siddle, D. Bollinger ... it's a disgrace that this has happened... Ponting needs to retire - let Clarke control it completely without the old captain ... Kawaja is ready, and its time Watson drops down the order so he can bowl more overs to take the load off the three quicks a little more - also reinstate Hauritz, he's the best spinner we've got ...

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

As and England supporter I couldn't be happier that the Aussie selecxtors have opted for a brain enema.

I checked his stats after reading that article, and only Watson in the last 2 years has done better than Katich with the bat.

One minute they are pounding McGrath and Warne into the ground, next they are releasing players at the top of their game.

Who knows what was going on n the selectors minds - Nothing by the looks of it.

Posted by jonesy2 on (June 12, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

chappell and his goons MUST be sacked and banned from having any influence on australian cricket.

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (June 12, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

This is really funny; Katich has been the backbone of opening for australia. They are now making Watson the backbone.... While this is good for Watson in terms of confidence. I would still maintain, he will perish - disintegrate - faster than the way he bowls I confidence of his partner will be shaken and Watson is going to be a flop...

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

this was coming as Guru Greg is there first India now Australia i dont know what he wants to prove i think right team for him is USA

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Katich and Watson make a terrific opening partnership: Left/Right hander, grinder/explosive hitter, both averaging in the 40's, etc. Add in Katich's fine fielding close to the bat and the decision to not include him in the 25 is curious to say the least, especially considering the poor play of his replacements. Sure, there's an impending aging issue with Australia's current team which obviously impacted the selectors decision, but Katich shouldn't have been made the patsy.

Anyway, it's just good to see the Aussies finally going through the torments the rest of the World has had to suffer through in regard to selection. For years it was a simple process to pencil in Warne, Ponting, Hussey, Hayden, Lee, McGrath, Gilchrist, & Langer, then fill in the other 3 spots with some in-form guys.

Posted by sidzy on (June 12, 2011, 15:39 GMT)

I think Michael hussey should play only one day cricket and haddin and ponting should retire from it, so aus can build team around clarke,watson,hussey with young guns like marsh & ferguson,paine or wade.

in test cricket aus can build team around watson,katich,punter,haddin,clarke and the new bees khawaja & marsh.

I WAS SHOCKED WHEN SHAUN MARSH WAS NOT IN THAT LIST I MEAN HE PLAYS SPIN BETTER THAN OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS. INFACT WITH CLARKE HE WOULD HAVE FORMED A FOMIDABLE PARTNERSHIP OF TWO ELEGANT STOKE PLAYERS AND WHO PLAY ANY KIND OF BOWLING WELL.

Posted by ARad on (June 12, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

Based on the performance in the past 3 years, many people may claim Katich to be one of the top 25 players IN THE WORLD. (Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and definitely Phil Hughes won't be on that list. The only other player from the Australian team who could make the top 25 is Watson.) It is amusing that Aussie selectors think that he is not even one of the top 25 players in the country.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

I do certaiinly believe that with improved standard of fitness, the so called par age of retirement certainly has been raised. But these old generation selectors are still caught up in the misconception of retirement around 36 and are ignoring performance in the process. The ultimate loser in this is Cricket !!

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Ha Ha Ha, I cant believe this. Australian Cricket is going down the drain. Its funny coz they are, themselves destroying it. I remember how every time India performed poorly in Aus with the Exception of Sachin and Laxman, Aussies always said that India should have a strong domestic circuit, just like Aus. But look at that so called strong domestic circuit now. The fact is that they have plenty of bashers in their domestic circuit, all t20 spoiled brats, they do not have the technique or skills to face tough and challenging fast and spin bowling in testing situations. Their best bet against quality spin bowling in Clarke who is struggling for life on his current form. There was one guy who really looked strong and impressive other than Wastson in recent times, and it was ever so calm Katich and they go on to drop him. Good going Chappell, you are the man. Lets see how soon you get kicked out of Aus Selecting Panel. :-)

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

"Mr ESPNcricinfo staff"...this is a topic that should be restricted to matters revolving Simon Katich and Cricket Australia, please refrain from referring to matters affecting other countries or continents, I do no think you had earned that right or privilege...

Posted by avmd on (June 12, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

I m happy Katich will not play for Autralia anymore, purely from spectators view. Its painful to watch him. Its joy to watch plaeys like Ponting, Clark, Tendulkar and Laxman, even when they're not scoring runs but players like Katich are not good advertisemnt for test cricket. Lets not talk about England's tall left hand operner and its number 3. Both are piling up runs but I just keep checking the score and don't watch the play when they're batting. I'll ceratinly make Katich captain of the all time most boring eleven. Oh, just forgot about a guy named Tavare, who played for England in 80s !!!

Posted by Blazedragon on (June 12, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

If words from thousands of fans doesn't reach their ear atleast from a politician will. It world be interesting to see what CA will do now.

Posted by satanswish on (June 12, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

Greg Chappel will surely take Australian team to the lowest level.

Posted by Okakaboka on (June 12, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

Okay Cricket Australia.......Everyone in Australia (including the politicians) think you are incompetent and it is time to sack your selectors and yourself.......unfortunately, I think you lot have gone to Europe for Professional Development by FIFA officials. ........to use the saying "crooked as a dog hind's leg" Yes, all you cricket followers out there know what I'm saying. Not too many bosses sack themselves because of their own incompetence or their ability to be like, um, how should I put this so this blog will be published........not like a nice straight edge ruler thing. Come on Sutherland......get the broom out...once you have cleaned the office properly....resign....and save Australian Cricket. Hey....Katich should be made prime Minister for speaking his mind....and being honest. He is now a legend of the game!!!!

Posted by DazTaylor on (June 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

As a Pom, I find this hilarious. Go ahead Aussies, drop and alienate one of your best players. Head of CA said they did the best they could. Well you should get sacked too then because if you honestly think Smith is the 6th best Australian batsman, then you are deluded.

Graham Gooch played Test Cricket until his 40's and he was our best player. Katich is now better than Ponting as the decline of Ponting has been startling and rapid. Yet Katich goes.

The decline of Australia as a test force is starting to echo that of the West Indies in the 90's...

Posted by Harvey on (June 12, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

When I heard that Katich had laid into the selectors, about not getting a contract, I assumed it was just a typical case of Aussie whingeing. However when a workmate of mine read out the list of names of those who'd got a central contract, he had to stop several times due to laughing so much. I had to admit that Katich does have a point. I'm reminded of England's selectors of the early 90's. They were always looking for the new Ian Botham to build the team around. It never dawned on them that such a player didn't exist, so it would be better to structure the team according to the players they did have at their disposal instead of trying a constant stream of hopeless all-rounders. Australia are doing the same thing, looking for the new Shane Warne, instead of using Hauritz in an Ashley Giles-style containing role and playing 5 bowlers, which would be a more realistic option. As for replacing Katich with youngsters, who on that list does that? Or even comes close? Phil Hughes? LOL!

Posted by tomoffinland74 on (June 12, 2011, 14:08 GMT)

I think if the selectors had kept Katich, Ponting and Hussey, there would have been severe criticism about not giving emerging players enough opportunities. The question for me is whether, among these three, it was Katich who should have been dropped. I think it should have been Ponting and it's pretty tempting to think that Ponting only got leeway because of being the former captain. And now Ponting has come out and said that he wants to retain his position at no. 3. Surely he should feel grateful that he's in the side to begin with. He has been far less consistent than Katich.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

I'm a labour party hater but good on the minister for having a go at the selecters. Many Australian fans are sick of their incompitence but don't have a voice that can be heard. My mother could do a better job and she hates cricket. I'm so sick of stupid selections. This one is just madness. Sure Katich doesn't have years left but they do need a hard nut like him in the team. My guess is that the new captain also had a hand in this.

Posted by Ellis on (June 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Oh, my goodness! There is trouble in paradise! Australian selectors, like all other selectors, make mistakes. Australian commentators always portray the Asian countries as having regional biases. Is the Defence Minister right? What a shocking revelation! Pardon the pun, but I always thought the Australian selectors were simon pure! What a turnup for the book!

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

what happanig to austraian cricket........???

This not the way we see austraian ....so sad

Posted by Sammy_07 on (June 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

The Australian circus is as entertaining as PCB....lol. BTW, the selectors decided to keep Ponting just so that he can try to reach Sachin' s records!! Chappell did his best to get rid of Sachin when he was the Indian team's coach.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

"Unlike on the subcontinent where the crossover between the sporting and legislative realms is frequent and often fevered, Australian cricket and politics seldom collide..." you better watch what you write ESPNcricinfo staff writer.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Simon's test average is definitely better then few others, particularly Ponting. I still can't understand, why they dropped him from best 25 list. Is it his age? If so, this is a ridiculous. Is he a poor fielder, obviously not. If it is for poor sportsmenship, then Ponting should go first. Anyway, poor decision from the selectors/CA, and Australia will pay for that.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

I remember Ponting saying after the World Cup that the lights of him, Hussey and Katich are needed to be handled with care and each of them needs to plan their retirement so that none of the 3 goes out together!! Someone tell the selectors that!! :@

Posted by venkat_75r on (June 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

There is no need to build the team for the future. The team will build itself. Instead 11 best players should represent the country all the time. The main thing is to create the winning habit. This can be done only by selecting the best team every time. Once the team gets the winning habit, it will provide confidence to the new comers too, which will develop their game. You just can't build the team by dropping aged players when they are performing well and unless they have any fitness issues.

Posted by spinkingKK on (June 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

I can see Ponting's point that one of the 35+ guys got to go. However, I think Australian selectors made a mistake in making Clarke the captain. He is the most incapable batsman among the seniors and Katich probably the second best after Hussey. Since the selectors decided to make Clarke captain, may be they could have dropped Ponting. His record in recent times have been very poor and has always had a trouble against offspin and now there is another one agianst the tall fast bowlers. Its a tough decision either way. May be they could have made Phil hughes wait longer and see how Ponting, clarke and Hussey performs to make a tough decision.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

All this talk of Rotation Policy seems so stupid doesnt it when ur left with a team and a management that has no sense of direction .. I don't care whatvur age is Uscore runs ur in the team. Ricky is enjoying Greg Chappels undying favouritism whilst Poor Katich has to go! Greg as the chief selector has left Australia in shambles like he left India . Guys forget age bring in quality that's what's needed .. Ala Sachin Tendulkar at his ripe age he is still raking in runs more than half the team,,,, who cares if he is 35 or 40 !,,,

Posted by popcorn on (June 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

We could have retained Simon Katich as opener, dropped the nonperforming passenger Steven Smith, blooded Usman Khawaja at No.6,like Ponting was,then moved him up to No.3 or Opener when Ponting and / or Katich retired.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (June 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Australia needs to stand up for Katich.

Posted by lugujaga on (June 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

DONT WORRY AUSSIES ITS CALLED PRESSURE.WEST INDIES SELECTORS HAS BEEN DOING THE SAME WEID SELECTION PROCESS.LOOK AT THE SAMETHING THE WEST INDIES DID TO GAYLE AND CHANDERPAUL. THIS IS AN SOS TO SIMON KATICH SEE IF YOU CAN DIG UP WEST INDIES ROOTS FROM SOME WHERE REAL QUICK LIKE BRENDAN NASH.YOU ARE TWICE AS GOOD AS NASH .IF YOU PROVE YOUR WEST INDIES ANCESTRY ,THEN IN YOU THEY WILL GET AN OPENER AND A CAPTAIN ALL IN ONE SHOT. WHAT A BUNCH OF PANIC TRICKEN AUSSIE SELECTORS :THROWING AWAY GOOD MONEY IN THE TRASH ..PRESSURE RISEN OH HOW THE MIGHTY AUSSIES HAS FALLEN

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (June 12, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

while I am of entirely the same view of minister Stephen Smith and believe absolutely that Australian cricket is shooting its self in the foot by discarding an opener in his prime I just cant help feeling amused at the situation. How often have cricket pundits who claim justice and fair play and all that jazz condemned or frowned upon the cricket administration of countries like India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Here now are the 'angels' and purists of cricket in a situation that brings them in the same sub-continent category that they created themselves. One thing for sure - Greg Chapple is on shaky ground. The man who advocated Tendulkars premature resignation has now helped bring about Katcih's fall.

Posted by DavidJeyaraj on (June 12, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

The Australian cricketing fraternity would now understand why there was so much noise over one Mr. Greg and one Mr. Ganguly. With Greg around, it would be curtains to many more careers. All the best.

Posted by mmeeran on (June 12, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

Cricket Australia (here onwards CA) should take immediate decision to give back central contract to Simon Katich. He is a very good & talented opening batsmen after the pair of Hayden & Gilchrist.

Previously they sacked talented players like Damien Martyn,Michael Bevan,Mark Waugh,Andrew Symonds etc. Also in the Bowling department like Damien Fleming,Paul Reiffel,Nathan Bracken etc.

If CA want Australia to be on top of table from here onwards they must select one captain in all formats of cricket (Test,ODI & T20).

This is the main reason why Australia was sliding down in Table Ranking. CA should look for Spin Coach Shane Warne & also need to work on their Batting.

Ponting was best during his time, he debuted in 1995 & from then onwards Australia did not lost the place in WC Final till 2011.

CA should convince him back to retain the captaincy to lead from the front again & bring back Australia on top of table on all formats of cricket.

Thanks for reading my comments.

Posted by Lovetesh on (June 12, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

This is what will happen...Mr Hughes will replace Katich, then he will be toyed around by Dale Steyn in SA and Zaheer Khan in Australia and by the end of Boxing day test match he will be dropped (in the pretext of injury). And the revolving door policy which Aus is facing for test spinner will be effectuated for the test opener post as well.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

I feel Katich should be in the starting XI and also they can still open with Hughes and Watson and then drop ricky ponting from test side (keep him in ODI side) because he hasnt been performing AND is older then katich, Mike hussey needs to stay in team he is still performing well. To think steve smith will likely be at number 6 is a huge worry to me, he has to either play as frontline spinner and bat 8, or not play at all. (preferably not at all, as Hauritz and O'keefe are both better spinners) If smith was to be spinner, he has advantage in that he is a pretty good batsman, with him at 6 aus batting is way too short. We dont need anymore allrounder for test, watson is enough, pick your best available 4 bowlers whether they be spin or pace + watson as 5th bowler. I find it awkward that katich avg 50 in last 3 years yet smith avg 28 and he will probly be at 6. Australia doesnt realise that while it is good to bowl a side out(extra bowler)u also have to MAKE MORE RUNS THEN THEM! to win

Posted by D.V.C. on (June 12, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

"This panel puts on the ground what it thinks is the best team to win every game of cricket it plays in[...]" YOU MUST BE JOKING!!! If they did that there wouldn't be a problem.

Posted by Tshego on (June 12, 2011, 11:46 GMT)

This is just bad, what a shame!!!

Posted by Reggaecricket on (June 12, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

Quote "Unlike on the subcontinent where the crossover between the sporting and legislative realms is frequent.....: Unquote: Where has this writer been? Australia is possibly the only country in the World whose Prime Minister criticized a member of an opposing Cricket tram when he called Murali a chucker. Oh well....I guess he paid the price for it!

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

I agree! The Australian Selector should be punished & sacked from his job. He obviously doesn't know who the best 25 players in Australia are. Simon Katich has been one of Australia's better performers since the retirements of Adam Gilchrist & Matthew Hayden & they don't go & give him a central contract because of his age. Shane Watson & Simon Katich are Australia's 2 establised Test openers, so what if Katich is 35/36 years old, if he scores the runs in Test matches then Australia should be satisfied more than happy with that. Phillip Hughes & David Warner are Australia's next 2 best openers after Katich & Watson but both of them need another season or 2 in state cricket.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

Is he allowed to send the selectors on a tour of Afghanistan?

Also, what on earth does "I'll go Hee for Chasey" mean???

Posted by trahlee on (June 12, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

Yeh this was a very bad call by selectors BUT, not sure Simon's comments about 17 players being selected for the Ashes last year are reasonable.In ANY profession, you have competition - it is a fact of life and cricket is no different to anything else. When Katich and Simpson had lunch the other day, was Tim Zoehrer present ?

Posted by bobmartin on (June 12, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

The head of CA says the selectors do the best they can.. Well all I can say is if that's the best they can do, then it's time they made way for someone who can do better..

Posted by JohnnyRook on (June 12, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

I really feel bad for Katich. When he was Indian coach, Greg Chappell didn't tire of talking how Indians are unprofessional and look at past laurels rather than current performance. So why didn't he now remove Ponting/Hussey instead of Katich. Personally I don't think any of the three had to be removed mainly because there are no good alternatives at this point. So first Aus should groom the alternatives and then get them into international team in say a year or two.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

"This panel puts on the ground what it thinks is the best team to win every game of cricket it plays in"

If the panel honestly believes that Simon Katich is NOT part of the best team and one of the key players of the current crop of Australian cricketers, then the panel needs to take a good long hard look at itself... He and Watson are the only 2 players that should be guaranteed a starting spot, they are the only consistently high performing players in the past 18 months and have a solid partnership that sets up the teams innings. Without these two, the team would not even look like having a chance of winning.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

Well done. This selector should be punished. i don't know why they are stil on their place despite a huge failure in world cup

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