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Clarke played part in ending my Test career - Katich

Daniel Brettig

October 28, 2011

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Simon Katich addresses the media after losing out on a central contract, Sydney, June 10, 2011
Simon Katich's says he will not play for Australia while Michael Clarke is captain © Getty Images

Simon Katich has suggested he will never be chosen for Australia so long as the team is led by Michael Clarke.

Katich has admitted that Clarke did indeed play a role in his removal from the list of Cricket Australia contracts, having previously denied the pair's colourful history had anything to do with the decision.

Following Australia's ODI series win in South Africa, Clarke responded by saying he was not a selector when the call was made, but felt Katich's comments were hurtful to the morale of the team.

On the day CA unveiled John Inverarity as its new full-time national selector, replacing the former chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, Katich made a century for New South Wales in a drawn Sheffield Shield match and said he took little joy in the appointment because Clarke would not countenance his recall to the team.

Katich's relationship with Clarke deteriorated after a dressing room stoush at the end of the 2009 SCG Test between Australia and South Africa, in which Katich grabbed the then vice-captain by the throat after an argument had developed over when the team song would be sung.

Though he previously denied any link between the incident and the end of his international career, Katich now revealed it had played a significant part.

"It's pleasing to hear but I think you don't have to be Einstein to figure out that it's not just the selectors that had a part in sending me on my way," Katich said. "I mean to be brutally honest obviously what happened in the dressing room here a few years ago didn't help my cause. And obviously the captain and coach are selectors.

"Just because he [Inverarity] is going to be chairman of selectors or whatever role it is I wouldn't have thought that'd make too much difference."

Asked whether or not he could ever expect to play for Australia while Clarke was captain, Katich replied: "I wouldn't have thought so. That's probably why I'm in this position in the first place."

Katich also had further harsh words for CA, saying he had still not even received a phone call from the governing body's Melbourne headquarters to discuss his removal or commiserate.

"No one from Cricket Australia has been in contact with me since," Katicih said. "I just think that no-one's been in touch since that happened, it's pretty disrespectful I think from my personal point of view. Given I've been contracted for 11 years, to not have any contact whatsoever that's pretty disappointing.

"As Chris Rogers said that's blatantly rude to be honest. It's just common courtesy to give someone a call back.

"I enjoy playing my cricket here, so that's why I'm still playing. A big part of that was I had a lot of support at the time when the axing happened so to have that support has spurred me on to keep playing.

"Hopefully some good will come out of my situation. I wasn't the only one to go through it, plenty of players have felt the same frustration."

Following his removal from the contracts list, Katich had delivered a considered but unbridled attack on the national selectors and CA, foreshadowing much of the changes that were imparted by the Argus review, including the appointment of Inverarity.

However at the time he denied his confrontation with Clarke had any bearing on the decision.

"I don't think that was an issue," Katich said at the time. "We had a professional relationship."

Clarke had similarly denied any involvement in the decision to remove Katich.

"To say that I have anything to do with it is plain wrong," Clarke said in June. "And to bring up what happened - what was it, two years ago between Simon and I - is just as wrong.

"We sorted things out there and then and I have enjoyed playing my cricket with him in the time since and I am looking forward to playing more cricket with him in the future. There is no ongoing issue between us and there wasn't one from the moment we sorted things out that day."

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Posted by   on (October 31, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Of course there was something other than performance. Since we all know Simon's performance around that time. It just feel (can't give proper reasoning though) there is something in between CA and Michael Clarke.

Posted by Meety on (October 29, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

@RandyOZ - sorry totally disagree with you. In ODIs - Pup has been right behind M Hussey as our best batsmen, & was very good in SL. The test for him is that 6 of the next 8 tests are against teams "ranked" higher than us. I will making my decisions on his worth after that. So far, I think his capatincy has been brilliant, & tend to think that it was Teflon Tim's influence on the side that held us back!

Posted by stFleming on (October 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

Its really disappointing to see Katich axed from the side without any reason..Katich was in his form of his life...He was playing exceptionally well and i think he was the leading run scorer for the past couple of years...He shouldn't hv been dropped...Michael Clarke might have played part in his axing..

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 29, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

As you all know I have long been a Clarke sceptic, and since his captaincy, as in the ashes, has made little to no impact with the bat, but in this case Katich is wrong. He got dropped because CA wanted more youth so one of Huss, Punter and Kat had to go. I am a Ponting fan and as one of the greatest batsmen of all time deserved another chance. What is a better question Kat is how Haddin and Clarke are still justifying a spot in the side? Like or hate Punter the captain - he deserved a place in the side with his consistent batting performances. Clarke, in my mind, would not be in the team if he wasn't captain. He hasn't got near the ipact of Punter.

Posted by smudgeon on (October 28, 2011, 21:44 GMT)

@Ray365 - Given their respectively "crabby" techniques, I'm sure Chanders & Katto were separated at birth!

Posted by Swampy5 on (October 28, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Katich got dropped because of his age and the selector's desire to get new top-order batsman in the team. It was a tough call but Katich should be grown up enough to realise he's not the first person in the world to get dropped harshly.He's ruined whatever slim chance he had of returning by childishly blasting everyone involved in cricket in Australia to the media. The fact that he is now contradicting what he said about Clarke in his original press conference a few months ago raises some questions about his integrity. As for no-one from CA ringing him - yes he probably deserved an explanation initially, but after he slagged them all off since is it any surprise they now want nothing to do with him?

Posted by KingOwl on (October 28, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

Good to see the Aussie in fighting, for a change! Sounds more like Pakistan!!

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 28, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

I dont understand CA. They have been grooming Clarke for captaining Aussy side since last many years, regardless of the fact there were at least 6 or 7 players who always performed better than him. On the other hand, same CA has been brutally unfair with likes of Brad Hodge, Stuart Clarke, Mich Katich, Andrew Symonds and Nathan Braken. Very very strange. Anyway, good for other teams that somehow CA is not selecting the best available players in the name of "building a team for the future". Remember your current perfomance should also matter and the performance of the current Australian side is quite pathetic. They have already taken a couple of years to build for future with no results yet.

Posted by purplesneakers on (October 28, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

I have a lot of time for Katich but his comments are disappointing. For one thing, I'm skeptical that Clarke had much say in the awarding of central contracts this year, or that on becoming captain his immediate concern was getting revenge for some personal grievances. Surely it's not hard to believe the selectors can mess these things up by themselves?

I think a lot of people are ready to believe these comments because of their personal feelings about Clarke, and I have never been a massive fan. But as captain he's done pretty well so far, and deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by ARIALROOT on (October 28, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

SIMON KATICH one of my fav. if australian board is listening please take him back.if u think bradly , australia has a bulk of awesome players sitting on bench waiting a call to play for their national side. katich is aging now,when clarke quit captaincy ,it,s too late for katich

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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