Australia news June 29, 2011

Watson disappointed by Katich axing

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Shane Watson has joined Ricky Ponting in expressing disappointment at the axing of his opening partner Simon Katich from the contracts list by Cricket Australia earlier this month. "I've built up a really good friendship and opening partnership with Simon over the last two years and I've had a lot of fun batting with him," Watson told AFP.

Katich, 35, who had been extremely consistent in the years leading up to his axing, had called the decision "absolutely ridiculous", an outburst which Ponting said was justified.

With 2928 runs at 50.48 since he was recalled to the Test team in 2008, Katich 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.

Watson had formed a productive opening partnership with Katich in the last couple of years, adding 1523 runs in 28 innings at an average of 54.39. He felt that Katich could have gone on for some more time instead of being forced out.

"I still felt that he had another at least year or two of good cricket still in him. Being an opening partnership you do become a lot closer because you are taking on the best bowlers in the world together and you need a mate out there to be able to help you out."

Katich's axing is the latest move by Australa's selection panel in a bid to rebuild the side following a home Ashes loss and a World Cup quarter-final exit. Watson was earlier appointed deputy to new captain Michael Clarke as Ponting stepped down after the World Cup exit.

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  • Chinmayan on July 2, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Stastics speak better than the commentators, selectors and others. Let us all accept that Katich has been one of the top test batsman in the world for last few years and deserves to be in the team. I am sure he can perform well for another two years. Greg Chappell is trying to do good for Australian Cricket like what he did for India some time back. He want to shake the team and make them the worst in the world so that they will learn to start from scratch. Australia has the potential to revive back sooner or later - based on when they get rid of Greg Chappel - India did at the right time and now dominates all the forms.Please do ot think my comments are biased. I am an ardent fan of Greg Chappell, the elegant batsman.

  • Meety on July 2, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @tomhedley - I think ALL openers are lucky the old pace battery are not around! I think G Smith would be about the modern opener around who'd come close to being comfortable against them!

  • hyclass on July 2, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    @tomhedley,you had a chance to respond reasonably to the proposition,supported by video and strong anectdotal and quoted evidence,that since the 3 warm up county games before the 2009 Ashes tour,Hughes has been forced,when playing for australia,to adopt an entirely different style by the coach,thus playing with his hands tied and giving a negative impression of his abilities.Compare your West Indian bowlers from another era with 4 bowlers Hughes has faced including 2 you have quoted,looking at strike rates and assuming that right arm fast means 144kmh+:Tremlett 9 tests 45 wickets strike rate 50.8,Anderson 59 tests 219 wickets,S/R 57 Ntini 101 tests 390 wickets S/R 53.4,Steyn 46 tests 238 wickets S/R 39.9.Last 2 are fast...Now the West Indians:Walsh 132 tests 519 wickets S/R 57.8 Roberts 47 tests 202 wickets S/R 55.1 Ambrose 98 tests 405 wickets S/R 54.5 Marshall 81 tests 376 wickets S/R 46.7.The current 4 have better strike rates-Steyn is streets ahead.If this is your evidence,it fails

  • AKS286 on July 1, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    JAQUES & voges is better than katich & hughes. i think haddin watson as an opener is good and adam voges will bat at no 5/6 position best.

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I'm done with this argument! I love the fact that you Aussies want to stand up for Hughes but you're clueless, I know I'd rather see our mediocre attack bowl at him rather than Katich any day! Broad, Anderson, Tremlett is hardly Roberts, Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh is it! These opening batsman are lucky to be around now!

  • hyclass on July 1, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Watch the 115 and 160 on youtube,he already works off his hip.D'Costa in,'T20 could kill tests' on this site says Hughes was 'given' the wrong instructions on playing the short ball and his style of play and that led to his downfall.He knew from either Clarke,Hughes or both.Nielsen said,when Hughes was dropped,he had exceeded their expectations in Sth Africa but Watson was their first choice to open.Put it together and you have Nielsen ordering him to play in a way designed to cause failure to justify Watson.What evidence?6 hundreds in 8 games before the Ashes warm up and 9 up to that point.6 hundreds since the Ashes-all without Nielsens influence.I believe that Nielsen went into 09 Ashes,planning to duplicate the england lineup,man for man in playing style.Thats why he wanted the allrounder for Flintoff,in place of Hughes.It is well understood that the selectors and Nielsen are obsessed with keeping this team together,even when failing.A 20 year old kid was forced to pay the price

  • Winsome on July 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    It's tough on Hughes as everybody assumes he is the incumbent now, but it's ok for Watson to express his disappointment. He's done it far more clearly than any of the other players in the Aus camp. It's about the breaking of an established opening partnership that both he and Katich KNEW was the only thing working in the Aus team. Hughes may do very well, but it will take a while for them to gel and Watson knows that. He's not got a lot of test matches under his belt considering his age and it sounds like he enjoyed batting with Katich who has a really good head.

  • Meety on July 1, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @ tomhedley /hyclass - a point I'd like to make about Hughes, is on that tour of Sth Africa, just about every fast bowling Saffa in the country said they were going to bounce him. As hyclass said those bowlers didn't need a session to work out the short pitched strategy. That being said Hughes mastered it. This is not unlike S Waugh - who did not have a decent cross bat shot to the leg side against pace bowlers. He looked ugly against the short ball at his body - but in his prime almost never got out to a bouncer. I do believe that all Hughes has to is learn to nurdle a single off the hip & get off strike & he'll be okay. The fact is if bowlers keep bowling short to him - they only have one way of getting him out. If he counters it - they'll have to change strategy. I think 2 tests in England was too short of a "trial" period for an up & coming player. I dunno how much Nielsen had to do with him - I do know that dropping him after the 2nd test was damaging to his mental outlook.

  • hyclass on July 1, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @tomhedley,Flintoff is the guy that ended Gilchrists career when he couldnt find an answer to the bouncing ball outside off.I remember him bowling at 150 +kmh and swinging the ball both ways.Harmison wasnt over the hill as is proved by his continued county success-he was erratic and always has been-theres a difference.As i continue to point out with specific information or allowing you to see for yourself,Hughes was under instructions to bat entirely contrary to his natural game.Look at Pontings last 4 years when he cant hook or pull.At least Ponting has a choice.From Nielsens press interview after dropping Hughes to D'Costa who pointed out what should have been obvious- Nielsen planned for Watson as opener and when Hughes was too good to drop in the lead-up,forced him to change his game knowing what he asked was impossible to make work.Those instructions started PRIOR to the Harmison game.The kid had to comply or be dropped.While Nielsen is there,how can Hughes play his natural game?

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    @hyclass, I'm not doubting you, I watched him against the Saffers in '09, he was very impressive and dashing, unfortunately you have to completely forget that model and look at the recent incarnation. However my memories of him are getting bounced out by an over the hill Harmison, looking all at sea against a one legged Flintoff and then being dropped after two Tests when his average was probably about 55! In the last Ashes series he hardly looked like the guy who scored heavily in his debut series! Most players need time to find their games and that is what county/state cricket is for!

  • Chinmayan on July 2, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Stastics speak better than the commentators, selectors and others. Let us all accept that Katich has been one of the top test batsman in the world for last few years and deserves to be in the team. I am sure he can perform well for another two years. Greg Chappell is trying to do good for Australian Cricket like what he did for India some time back. He want to shake the team and make them the worst in the world so that they will learn to start from scratch. Australia has the potential to revive back sooner or later - based on when they get rid of Greg Chappel - India did at the right time and now dominates all the forms.Please do ot think my comments are biased. I am an ardent fan of Greg Chappell, the elegant batsman.

  • Meety on July 2, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @tomhedley - I think ALL openers are lucky the old pace battery are not around! I think G Smith would be about the modern opener around who'd come close to being comfortable against them!

  • hyclass on July 2, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    @tomhedley,you had a chance to respond reasonably to the proposition,supported by video and strong anectdotal and quoted evidence,that since the 3 warm up county games before the 2009 Ashes tour,Hughes has been forced,when playing for australia,to adopt an entirely different style by the coach,thus playing with his hands tied and giving a negative impression of his abilities.Compare your West Indian bowlers from another era with 4 bowlers Hughes has faced including 2 you have quoted,looking at strike rates and assuming that right arm fast means 144kmh+:Tremlett 9 tests 45 wickets strike rate 50.8,Anderson 59 tests 219 wickets,S/R 57 Ntini 101 tests 390 wickets S/R 53.4,Steyn 46 tests 238 wickets S/R 39.9.Last 2 are fast...Now the West Indians:Walsh 132 tests 519 wickets S/R 57.8 Roberts 47 tests 202 wickets S/R 55.1 Ambrose 98 tests 405 wickets S/R 54.5 Marshall 81 tests 376 wickets S/R 46.7.The current 4 have better strike rates-Steyn is streets ahead.If this is your evidence,it fails

  • AKS286 on July 1, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    JAQUES & voges is better than katich & hughes. i think haddin watson as an opener is good and adam voges will bat at no 5/6 position best.

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I'm done with this argument! I love the fact that you Aussies want to stand up for Hughes but you're clueless, I know I'd rather see our mediocre attack bowl at him rather than Katich any day! Broad, Anderson, Tremlett is hardly Roberts, Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh is it! These opening batsman are lucky to be around now!

  • hyclass on July 1, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Watch the 115 and 160 on youtube,he already works off his hip.D'Costa in,'T20 could kill tests' on this site says Hughes was 'given' the wrong instructions on playing the short ball and his style of play and that led to his downfall.He knew from either Clarke,Hughes or both.Nielsen said,when Hughes was dropped,he had exceeded their expectations in Sth Africa but Watson was their first choice to open.Put it together and you have Nielsen ordering him to play in a way designed to cause failure to justify Watson.What evidence?6 hundreds in 8 games before the Ashes warm up and 9 up to that point.6 hundreds since the Ashes-all without Nielsens influence.I believe that Nielsen went into 09 Ashes,planning to duplicate the england lineup,man for man in playing style.Thats why he wanted the allrounder for Flintoff,in place of Hughes.It is well understood that the selectors and Nielsen are obsessed with keeping this team together,even when failing.A 20 year old kid was forced to pay the price

  • Winsome on July 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    It's tough on Hughes as everybody assumes he is the incumbent now, but it's ok for Watson to express his disappointment. He's done it far more clearly than any of the other players in the Aus camp. It's about the breaking of an established opening partnership that both he and Katich KNEW was the only thing working in the Aus team. Hughes may do very well, but it will take a while for them to gel and Watson knows that. He's not got a lot of test matches under his belt considering his age and it sounds like he enjoyed batting with Katich who has a really good head.

  • Meety on July 1, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @ tomhedley /hyclass - a point I'd like to make about Hughes, is on that tour of Sth Africa, just about every fast bowling Saffa in the country said they were going to bounce him. As hyclass said those bowlers didn't need a session to work out the short pitched strategy. That being said Hughes mastered it. This is not unlike S Waugh - who did not have a decent cross bat shot to the leg side against pace bowlers. He looked ugly against the short ball at his body - but in his prime almost never got out to a bouncer. I do believe that all Hughes has to is learn to nurdle a single off the hip & get off strike & he'll be okay. The fact is if bowlers keep bowling short to him - they only have one way of getting him out. If he counters it - they'll have to change strategy. I think 2 tests in England was too short of a "trial" period for an up & coming player. I dunno how much Nielsen had to do with him - I do know that dropping him after the 2nd test was damaging to his mental outlook.

  • hyclass on July 1, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @tomhedley,Flintoff is the guy that ended Gilchrists career when he couldnt find an answer to the bouncing ball outside off.I remember him bowling at 150 +kmh and swinging the ball both ways.Harmison wasnt over the hill as is proved by his continued county success-he was erratic and always has been-theres a difference.As i continue to point out with specific information or allowing you to see for yourself,Hughes was under instructions to bat entirely contrary to his natural game.Look at Pontings last 4 years when he cant hook or pull.At least Ponting has a choice.From Nielsens press interview after dropping Hughes to D'Costa who pointed out what should have been obvious- Nielsen planned for Watson as opener and when Hughes was too good to drop in the lead-up,forced him to change his game knowing what he asked was impossible to make work.Those instructions started PRIOR to the Harmison game.The kid had to comply or be dropped.While Nielsen is there,how can Hughes play his natural game?

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    @hyclass, I'm not doubting you, I watched him against the Saffers in '09, he was very impressive and dashing, unfortunately you have to completely forget that model and look at the recent incarnation. However my memories of him are getting bounced out by an over the hill Harmison, looking all at sea against a one legged Flintoff and then being dropped after two Tests when his average was probably about 55! In the last Ashes series he hardly looked like the guy who scored heavily in his debut series! Most players need time to find their games and that is what county/state cricket is for!

  • Meety on July 1, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @charlzy_33 - IMO, Lee was a very good test bowler (won't say great in a historical sense), I argue that when you have players like McGrath & Warne in your side (+ Gillespie), its hard to get wickets! I think injury curbed Lee's real impact. I'm not against Lee having a contract but as I more or less said before, I have no problem with people questioning it. Transparancy would be really appreciated fromthe selectors. I think Cummins has a huge future (if fit), but I'd like to know why he got a contract? Why can't cric Oz have rookie contracts like the States? That means that a Katich wouldn't have to make way for a Cummins or more appropriately a Maddinson! Also with a greater workload across 3 formats - surely 25 contracts which originated over 10 years ago (well before T20), shouldn't the central contracts be raised to 30? I'd like to see 22 test/1st class, 3 ODIs, 2 T20 & 3 Rookie contracts being the make up of the 30 central contracts.

  • hyclass on July 1, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @tomhedley and @Blake Houston,feel free to watch the youtube videos on those Sth African innings...Hughes 115 vs Sth Africa and Hughes 160 vs Sth Africa. You will see him before Nielsen got hold of him.This attack has the worlds best bowler,with a test strike rate of 39-that compares highly with most greats who have strike rates around 50.The attack also has a combined 1100 test wickets.These guys dont need 5 days to work a batsman out-not even a session-its their profession and they are among the best ever at it.You will wonder what the criticism of this then 20 year old is all about.He scores all around the wicket off any length.Like all batsmen,he has greater areas of scoring strength,but the idea that he has only one shot is exposed as incorrect in these pre-Nielsen videos.Nielsen had Watson to open in his original Ashes blueprint.He said as much.Hughes was so good in Sth Africa and in the county lead up to the 09 tour,that he ruined Hughes game to justify Watsons inclusion.

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    One last thing, how does Hughes feel when Watson and Ponting have publicly stated that Katich should still be there? Shambles!

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    @all Australians. My main point really is do any of you think Australia will be a stronger side with Hughes rather than Katich? If anyone says it's good to get youngsters in, get rid of the old guys then you must be mad! This is International Sport, domestic cricket and A tours are for promising youngsters!

  • tomhedley on July 1, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @Kaze, maybe you should read that 20/20 article as well! You're going to another decade when he looked exciting and got dropped, then had his technique changed for the worse! He's a walking wicket and could do with a few years of piling up the runs in state cricket, is that unfair? How can you drop Katich for him now, it's crazy! Your comparison with Steve Waugh is ridiculous, I don't see Hughes bowling much and batting 7. If Hughes stops playing the short ball he'll start leaving long hops outside off stump, that might be an issue for him!

  • Kaze on June 30, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @tomhedley Go ask Dale Steyn and co. how badly Hughes plays. Hughes is flawed but hes young and when he is good he can be brilliant so I don't see your point. With your line of thinking Steve Waugh would never have played test cricket again after he got dropped. And if you didn't know, Steve Waugh had problems with the short ball early in his career too.

  • RightArmEverything on June 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Bring back Dirk Wellham, Ray Bright and Len Pascoe.

  • tomhedley on June 30, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    @hyclass. I've read it and I sympathise with him, unfortunately it looks like you've ruined an exciting player, possibly terminally. My comments were only facts about how the kid plays now, hopefully he can turn it round but he should be making a shed load of runs for NSW rather than taking Katich's place in the Test team.

  • tomhedley on June 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @hyclass, I'll find it and have a read, I trust you, you sound like you know what you're talking about.

  • on June 30, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @tomhedley, i couldnt agree more mate, ur exactly right about his shots, he only has 1 good shot, which is the cut shot. @ charlzy, mate dave hussey is 33, not 35 and Brett Lee well he's a star performer, but it was really unfair to give Lee, Ponting and Hussey contracts and not give Katich one. Its because Katich only plays tests that he is less needed. The reasons to drop katich were stupid, given his great performances in last 3 years. Good luck Australia, if ur not going to pick your best XI players to take the field what chance do u have of winning?

  • charlzy_33 on June 30, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @Meety Sorry i was making a statement for test cricket, his a top one day bowler, wouldnt count on him being there for 2015 world cup though so still doesn't deserve a contract in my opinion. His stats in test cricket do look good, but for a decade he bowled along side Mcgrath and Warne, the batsmen had to score from somewhere and attacked Lee which got him alot of wickets. After the retirement of Mcgrath and Warne when he spearheaded our attack he showed that he doesn't trouble quality batsmen just cleans up the tail.

  • Meety on June 30, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @charlzy_33 - no problems with your opinion except "... Brett Lee, a bowler retired from test cricket and not that good a bowler anyway..." Mate he is arguably the greatest ODI bowler of ALL TIME. Check his stats. The fastest bowler to 300 ODI wickets - that took 15 matches LESS then Waqar & 29 LESS then McGrath. NOBODY on the list of all time ODI wicket takers has a better S/R then what Lee currently has. Bond over a very short career (games wise), has an identical S/R. Under that scenario - keeping a player who is capable of performing very well in both short formats of the game out of a contract list of 25 is not a big stretch! BTW - Lee's test record is superior to J Anderson & Z Khan in wickets per match, average & s/rate who are 2 of the best pace bowlers in the world (Steyn is on a whole other plain).

  • on June 30, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    The delusional decisions from CA continue. Cricket Australia is destroying the game in Australia at a frantic pace. Fear not England, you will hold onto the Ashes for a decade as long as this current administration is pulling the strings.

  • donda on June 30, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    These Chappels and old players. I think Chappel brother really don't like old player and want all australian and indian old palyers to be retired as soon as possible.

    Average of 50 in last 2 years is great when australia is losing and they did not give contract to their best batsman in bad time. Its not moving forward , it like killing the system it self.

  • hyclass on June 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    With respect to your views on Hughes @tomhedley,i suggest that you read the article,'T20 could kill tests' on this site.You may see Hughes in a different light.It quotes D'Costa,Clarkes mentor,talking about what happened to Hughes in 2009.Its the first time ive seen anyone stating they'd talked with the people involved and knew what happened.Up to playing for australia before the 2009 Ashes,Hughes as an opener had faced short pitched bowling every game without any difficulty.He had nine hundreds on 3 continents including 2 in one test against an attack with 1100 test wickets.Only one explanation fits all the facts and his sudden change of fortunes.Hughes was ordered,BEFORE the 2009 Ashes,to change the way he plays,because Nielsen wanted a text book opener like Watson and because he had an Ashes blueprint excluding Hughes.He said as much.At 20,Hughes was ruined by trying to change his style for a coaches whim.The humiliation this 22 year old was left to deal with should be Nielsens.

  • on June 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    The Aussie selectors have tried to make a statement and assert their authroity by sacking Katich all in the name of "moving forward" But, they have taken the soft approach by sacking a bloke who has been out of the team with injury (and who does not play the shorter formats) The same thing happended to Damien Martyn after the 2005 ashes loss- they picked a soft target to take the blame, even when others performed worse than Martyn. If Katich is to go, then so must Hussey and Ponting. Clarke has been around long enough and the selectors should have faith in him to mentor newcomers. But they know that he is not up to the task, so feel the need to keep Hussey and Ponting.(by the way, I believe aust Cricket needs all three for at least the next 12-18 months but thats just my opinion) Australian Cricket needs men in charge who are not afraid to make the harsh decisions when needed and will stop puissy footing around.

  • hyclass on June 30, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    The evidence overwhelmingy supports those indian supporters regarding Chappell.In recent times,for australia,his comments have included:the Shield should not be concentrating on silverware by keeping experienced players at the expense of untested youth.He believes that is the cause of australias' fall from grace.He also named Warner as a possible test player and is somehow a selector and 'talent spotter'.He changed the Centre of Excellence and the Futures League and badly weakened both,decisions on the latter being revoked by a review committee.He has shown an obsession with youth that is entirely unsupported by results.His insidious presence has badly undermined australian cricket already and he must be removed.For supporters of Shaun Marsh,his record suggests,that if he plays test cricket,we can expect a hundred every 10 games and a fifty every 3 games-that games,not innings-averaging in the mid 30s at a strike rate in the mid 40s.Nowhere near Katich.How many tests will that win us?

  • charlzy_33 on June 30, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Cutting a 35 year old opening batsmen when we have decent opening batsmen options at first class cricket wouldn't be such a terrible decision if Brett Lee, a bowler retired from test cricket and not that good a bowler anyway and David Hussey, a fringe one day player weren't given contracts. Shows that the selectors are focussing too much on one day and 20/20 cricket instead of test cricket.

  • farkin on June 30, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Hilditch got Chappel in so they could dump him"Katich" and for hilditch to keep his job longer

  • tomhedley on June 30, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    All you can do is laugh at the Australian selectors, struggling team drops most successful batsman! As an Englishman I feel sorry for Katich but happy that he wont be playing against us again, easily the biggest Australian wicket in the past couple of years. Now every fast bowler will be quaking in their boots at the prospect of Phil Hughes not being able to play the short ball, not being able to drive, fending at things outside off and being unable to play off his hip! If ever I saw a one trick pony it's that guy, don't bowl long hops outside off and you'll be alright!

  • Jim1207 on June 30, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Kaze, you might think Greg is not a problem. But until Greg is there, you cannot remove Hilditch from the panel. Try it. It's a catch-22 situation :-)

  • Nerk on June 29, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Katich has never been one of the selectors favourites. The only reason he got into the team is by sheer weight of runs. Hell, he even had to move states to try and push himself into the eyes of national selectors. So it was no surprise when he was dropped despite his wonderful form over the last couple of years. Some players who shall reamian nameless *cough CLark *cough* *cough* Ponting *cough* Johnson will have more patience from selectors soley because they are liked by the selectors. To be fair though, the selectors have brought in S.Marsh, who is very Katich like in temperament and style and can no doubt do a wonderful job for Australia.

  • Kaze on June 29, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Why are all these Indians commenting on Ponting and Chappel are they that insecure ? Last time I checked the article was about Katich and Watson. Chappel isn't the problem, Hilditch is the problem dump him, waste of space for ages now.

  • InsideHedge on June 29, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Nothing to stop Katich making a comeback. Let's wait and see. But one thing's for sure: he's going to waste valuable time. By the time he returns, he won't be the force he is today.

  • on June 29, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    i am indian i know bout greg chappelllll. Plz for sake of australian cricket remove chappel.

  • jonesy2 on June 29, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Luke Ashwood speaks wise words

  • on June 29, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    I guess he will be selected to play against Ind, when Ind tour Aus eventhough he was not given contract

  • kanishkazico on June 29, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Australia selectors should have dropped Ponting who is older and has already past his best, rather than Katich

  • vbalacts on June 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    This is what happens when Greg Chappell gets involved in any cricket board....haa haa haa

  • PACERONE on June 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Who selects and fire the selectors for respective countries? There is always going to be some disagreements,but lately it seems that these individuals are not watching and pick teams like they are told who to pick. How come the fans are not involved in picking the cricket boards and selectors? No wonder the stadiums are empty most of the time. Time for changes in these process.We need to get rid of these guys that have been in charge....especially WICB members...with the most notable achievement been constant strife with players.There are individuals who will try and help for free until we get the team playing like they should. Seek and you will find.

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    This is typical "lets plan for the future" wishful thinking that destroys the present and does nothing for the future. All it does is promote players before they are ready. Thank god for VVS and Dravid for India - without them, we would be dead in the water against arguably one of the weakest teams in the world.

  • cricket-vid on June 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Quote "Katich's axing is the latest move by Australa's selection panel in a bid to rebuild the side following a home Ashes loss and a World Cup quarter-final exit" Unquote I understand what the writer means - but in Katich's case he only played in the 1st two test (scored a 50 & 43) and didnt play in the World Cup - so was not a real part of the teams failure in either competition. I think it really started before the 1st Ashes test when 17 players were named.

  • AndrewFromOz on June 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    About the only thing that was consistently working in the Australian test team was the Watson/Katich opening partnership. So guess what the dingbat selectors have changed? Our abysmally inept selectors are turning this team into a train wreck.

  • chrisgus on June 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    we are all disaoointed...

  • satishbabuk on June 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    It Was really unfortunate to the game of cricket that people are getting axed because they are getting older. Look at Dravid and Laxman who are the only run getters in Current West Indies tour. No youngster is better than experience. I would have agreed if Katich has been axed from T20 or ODI's but for Tests he is the Man. Cant replace him

  • Green_and_Gold on June 29, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Nothing but silence from the selectors - they know they cant say anything now otherwise they will be crucified over their decision from the public.

  • on June 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Sack selectors. Then reappoint Katich. Simple really. Seems the far majority of people prefer this option. Steve Waugh where are you?

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  • on June 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Sack selectors. Then reappoint Katich. Simple really. Seems the far majority of people prefer this option. Steve Waugh where are you?

  • Green_and_Gold on June 29, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Nothing but silence from the selectors - they know they cant say anything now otherwise they will be crucified over their decision from the public.

  • satishbabuk on June 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    It Was really unfortunate to the game of cricket that people are getting axed because they are getting older. Look at Dravid and Laxman who are the only run getters in Current West Indies tour. No youngster is better than experience. I would have agreed if Katich has been axed from T20 or ODI's but for Tests he is the Man. Cant replace him

  • chrisgus on June 29, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    we are all disaoointed...

  • AndrewFromOz on June 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    About the only thing that was consistently working in the Australian test team was the Watson/Katich opening partnership. So guess what the dingbat selectors have changed? Our abysmally inept selectors are turning this team into a train wreck.

  • cricket-vid on June 29, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Quote "Katich's axing is the latest move by Australa's selection panel in a bid to rebuild the side following a home Ashes loss and a World Cup quarter-final exit" Unquote I understand what the writer means - but in Katich's case he only played in the 1st two test (scored a 50 & 43) and didnt play in the World Cup - so was not a real part of the teams failure in either competition. I think it really started before the 1st Ashes test when 17 players were named.

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    This is typical "lets plan for the future" wishful thinking that destroys the present and does nothing for the future. All it does is promote players before they are ready. Thank god for VVS and Dravid for India - without them, we would be dead in the water against arguably one of the weakest teams in the world.

  • PACERONE on June 29, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Who selects and fire the selectors for respective countries? There is always going to be some disagreements,but lately it seems that these individuals are not watching and pick teams like they are told who to pick. How come the fans are not involved in picking the cricket boards and selectors? No wonder the stadiums are empty most of the time. Time for changes in these process.We need to get rid of these guys that have been in charge....especially WICB members...with the most notable achievement been constant strife with players.There are individuals who will try and help for free until we get the team playing like they should. Seek and you will find.

  • vbalacts on June 29, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    This is what happens when Greg Chappell gets involved in any cricket board....haa haa haa

  • kanishkazico on June 29, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Australia selectors should have dropped Ponting who is older and has already past his best, rather than Katich