Australia news October 29, 2011

Katich to face CA hearing for Clarke comments

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Simon Katich, the Australia batsman, will face a Cricket Australia (CA) hearing over the recent comments he made about Australia captain Michael Clarke having a hand in keeping him out of the national side. Katich was reported under the CA code of behaviour provisions covering detrimental public comment.

Details of the hearing will be released in the next few days, but arrangements will be similar to those of past instances of CA reports for detrimental public comment, including Matthew Hayden's 2008 criticism of Harbhajan Singh and Adam Gilchrist's query of Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action in 2002. It is expected to be held in Melbourne and presided over by CA's senior code of conduct commissioner Gordon Lewis.

James Sutherland, the chief executive of CA, said he was surprised and disappointed with Katich's comments, especially considering that new full-time national selector John Inverarity had said the selection door was still open for him. Katich had said on Friday that he took little joy in Inverarity's appointment because Clarke would not countenance his recall to the team.

"CA emphatically refutes any suggestion that Michael Clarke influenced the independent selection panel's recommendations for the 2011-12 CA contract players' list, a list that did not include Katich," Sutherland said in a statement.

"The National Selection Panel made its recommendations based on its independent assessment of Australian cricket's player needs for the next 12 months and the suggestions made by Katich are completely erroneous, inappropriate and unfair to Clarke, the selectors and to CA.

"Without compromising my confidential understanding of the selectors' confidential thinking, I can state their recommendations were completely independent of outside influence. I was particularly disappointed at the comments yesterday after the discussions we had with Katich in mid-2011 on inappropriate public comments he had made then."

Sutherland said that CA had followed its normal process when someone is dropped in Katich's case. The process involves the chairman of selectors talking with the player, for the player's state association to be advised before a public announcement so it can provide support if needed, and a subsequent CA follow up. In Katich's case, this included a follow-up discussion with Michael Brown, according to the statement.

Katich is expected to dispute the view that his axing was dealt with adequately by CA, though he is understood to have engaged in two conversations with the then chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch at the time of his removal, followed by a lengthier dialogue with Brown.

Having led Australia to an ODI series win in South Africa, Clarke responded to Katich's words by saying they had been hurtful to the team's morale. Clarke said Katich's words would not help him get back into the team, and may also affect team morale.

"Look when Simon wasn't selected I wasn't a selector at the time," Clarke said. "Since becoming a selector I've made it clear in plenty of press conferences that I've done that the door's certainly not closed on anyone, but in saying that I don't think his comments are certainly helping him get back into this team at the moment.

"The team morale is such an important part of having success and it's been a great thing for the Australian team in both forms of the game of late. I think the team morale is outstanding and we're enjoying seeing a bit of success as well."

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  • __PK on November 1, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Recent Australian cricket history abounds with fine players who were dropped before their time, behaved like true professionals and showed the world their true value and class, like Bevan and Bichel. Katich, unfortunately seems to have chosen Slater and Mark Waugh as his role models and will probably find his post-international form just as productive.

  • timmyw on October 31, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @brohitb - no you didn't read it correctly. He said Samaraweera was on of THIER (as in Sri Lankas) greatest batsman. Still a massive comment, but not terrible when you look at his stats. I agree with Randyoz, Katich should have kept his trap shut. But I also think his career was over anyway, and he knows it so why not speak your mind? Shame really. The only problem with a numbers based selection process is that it takes all of the important decisions out of the equation. Such as, what conditions will be like, has this person played outside Australia in first class before, does he bat like he's trying to chop wood instead of hit a ball, how experienced is he etc... Unfortunately it sounds good but it would never really work properly.

  • on October 31, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Go Katich Go!!!!! Exercise your voice! Don't give up, keep seeking the truth!!!

  • RandyOZ on October 31, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Katich shouldve kept his trap shut. He'll never get in the team now. Team unity is a big thing, even in my club side!

  • FormPlayersOnly on October 30, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    What we now need is a selection process, not selectors. We need a transparent formula for in-form state players to make the national team. Something tangible that lets them focus and set goals that once achieved, will see them presented with their baggy green test cap, or not-so-baggy one-day cap. Something that lets them know that they will be the next player called up. Or if they aren't, they know exactly why by looking at a chart or table, and what they have to do to clinch the next spot. A formula that also allows omitted players to re-make the team once they are back in the mix of state competition, so being dropped simply isn't considered the end at all - because it isn't. Perform well under the formula and they will get back into the national team in a month or two or twelve, because it's up to their numbers, their performance at state level, not up to a selector who had only just gathered the gumption to drop them under the weight of public outcry.

  • brohitb on October 30, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @surferboy ... did i read it correctly ... smaraweera ... greatest test batsman ever ... OMG ... i am short of words ...

  • licec on October 30, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Injustice may have been done to Simon Katich for sure. However I feel he must've behaved the way the great Dravid did when he was, more or less, in the same situation. (Although Dravid would never be accused of bashing up a guy even in my wildest imagination.) True, they are both very passionate cricketers, but Dravid was intelligent enough to realise that there are other things to life rather than just cricket which are far more important. At least now, Katich must be graceful and peace personified in order to get over this. There are lot more things to life, say God and family, rather than wasting time reminiscing over rubbish incidents.

  • Simoc on October 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    This was certainly an unnecessary indulgence by Katich. He had his day out when he lost his contract and unfortunately was injured for awhile prior to that. But I think having three oldies in the test team is one to many and he is a boring batsman. I only watch cricket for entertainment. He obviously had a run in in the west as well because he disappeared to NSW while captain of W.A. Cricket has done him well so he needs to get happy and move on. He has never had the class of Clarke.

  • katwash on October 30, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    S Katich 36yrs, last 10 test innings, 231 runs @23.1. Hard to believe some rate him as Australia's best batsman at the tme of his sacking.

  • surferboy on October 30, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    I for one think the modern 20/20 world we live in has removed the emphasis from how many runs you make, and now its all about what you look like making them! When Kat was much maligned as a one day opening partner for Gilly years ago, and Australia virtually never lost, he was doing a great job supporting one of the most destructive opening batsmen the game has ever seen, and they invariably got off to great starts. But because compared to Gilly it looked like he was making hard work of it, the public lambasted him, he was dropped, never to return to the ODI scene again. On a similar note in SL cricket. Dilshan gets made captain, cant make a run anymore, then drops himself down the order to blood an unproven opener at the expense of one of their greatest test batsmen ever(Samaraweera) who is dropped from the middle order inexplicably? Chanderpaul can barely maintain a place in the WI setup(and they are woeful!) I really do wonder about this modern world sometimes.Style over substance?

  • __PK on November 1, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Recent Australian cricket history abounds with fine players who were dropped before their time, behaved like true professionals and showed the world their true value and class, like Bevan and Bichel. Katich, unfortunately seems to have chosen Slater and Mark Waugh as his role models and will probably find his post-international form just as productive.

  • timmyw on October 31, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    @brohitb - no you didn't read it correctly. He said Samaraweera was on of THIER (as in Sri Lankas) greatest batsman. Still a massive comment, but not terrible when you look at his stats. I agree with Randyoz, Katich should have kept his trap shut. But I also think his career was over anyway, and he knows it so why not speak your mind? Shame really. The only problem with a numbers based selection process is that it takes all of the important decisions out of the equation. Such as, what conditions will be like, has this person played outside Australia in first class before, does he bat like he's trying to chop wood instead of hit a ball, how experienced is he etc... Unfortunately it sounds good but it would never really work properly.

  • on October 31, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Go Katich Go!!!!! Exercise your voice! Don't give up, keep seeking the truth!!!

  • RandyOZ on October 31, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    Katich shouldve kept his trap shut. He'll never get in the team now. Team unity is a big thing, even in my club side!

  • FormPlayersOnly on October 30, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    What we now need is a selection process, not selectors. We need a transparent formula for in-form state players to make the national team. Something tangible that lets them focus and set goals that once achieved, will see them presented with their baggy green test cap, or not-so-baggy one-day cap. Something that lets them know that they will be the next player called up. Or if they aren't, they know exactly why by looking at a chart or table, and what they have to do to clinch the next spot. A formula that also allows omitted players to re-make the team once they are back in the mix of state competition, so being dropped simply isn't considered the end at all - because it isn't. Perform well under the formula and they will get back into the national team in a month or two or twelve, because it's up to their numbers, their performance at state level, not up to a selector who had only just gathered the gumption to drop them under the weight of public outcry.

  • brohitb on October 30, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @surferboy ... did i read it correctly ... smaraweera ... greatest test batsman ever ... OMG ... i am short of words ...

  • licec on October 30, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Injustice may have been done to Simon Katich for sure. However I feel he must've behaved the way the great Dravid did when he was, more or less, in the same situation. (Although Dravid would never be accused of bashing up a guy even in my wildest imagination.) True, they are both very passionate cricketers, but Dravid was intelligent enough to realise that there are other things to life rather than just cricket which are far more important. At least now, Katich must be graceful and peace personified in order to get over this. There are lot more things to life, say God and family, rather than wasting time reminiscing over rubbish incidents.

  • Simoc on October 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    This was certainly an unnecessary indulgence by Katich. He had his day out when he lost his contract and unfortunately was injured for awhile prior to that. But I think having three oldies in the test team is one to many and he is a boring batsman. I only watch cricket for entertainment. He obviously had a run in in the west as well because he disappeared to NSW while captain of W.A. Cricket has done him well so he needs to get happy and move on. He has never had the class of Clarke.

  • katwash on October 30, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    S Katich 36yrs, last 10 test innings, 231 runs @23.1. Hard to believe some rate him as Australia's best batsman at the tme of his sacking.

  • surferboy on October 30, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    I for one think the modern 20/20 world we live in has removed the emphasis from how many runs you make, and now its all about what you look like making them! When Kat was much maligned as a one day opening partner for Gilly years ago, and Australia virtually never lost, he was doing a great job supporting one of the most destructive opening batsmen the game has ever seen, and they invariably got off to great starts. But because compared to Gilly it looked like he was making hard work of it, the public lambasted him, he was dropped, never to return to the ODI scene again. On a similar note in SL cricket. Dilshan gets made captain, cant make a run anymore, then drops himself down the order to blood an unproven opener at the expense of one of their greatest test batsmen ever(Samaraweera) who is dropped from the middle order inexplicably? Chanderpaul can barely maintain a place in the WI setup(and they are woeful!) I really do wonder about this modern world sometimes.Style over substance?

  • on October 29, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Michael Clarke is a Stylish batsman who could handle pace and spin alike an ideal number 3. He has elegant strokes. People like to watch stylsih batters like Neil Harvey Mark Waugh Gower Sobers Sachin . Please select quality cricketers. Selectors have to do their job and players have to perform. Very rarely people use the phrase "IT IS NOT CRICKET" now; I wonder whether people understand this.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on October 29, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Katich has always been a whinger. He was never that good and the fact he was an Aussie regular showed how far they had fallen from the early 00's and late 90's!

  • Gordo85 on October 29, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    All I can say is it wouldn't suprise me if Clarke was a selector because for awhile there they picked lots and lots of New South Wales people however that could be just how they do things normally. Hughes to me isn't doing enough Opening. People were calling Hughes on talk back radio the next Don Bradman which it is looking like now as being a very silly comment to make.

  • timmyw on October 29, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I don't honestly think Katich would be saying things like this in the media if he wasn't 100% sure they were true. I can't believe he isn't playing for Australia. Easily our best batsman for quite a period in my opinion. When he was there, I felt we were safe. I can't believe Chris Rogers hasn't been in the team. He's been batting like a fiend. Brad Hodge anyone? Hodge is the biggest travesty imo. Instead we pick clowns like smith and north. Why would you pick Marcus North over Brad Hodge? Smith can't bat or bowl, and yet Australian selectors persisted with him for quite some time. Why? What happened to picking players on merit instead of guys with 2 FC games to their name? I am a bit disillusioned with Australian cricket right now it seems like the best players aren't chosen because the egos of the selectors not liking players speaking their minds or being criticized. I have had enough, perhaps CA need to listen to the players for once. They play the game don't they?

  • Vishnu27 on October 29, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Good on Simon Katich for speaking out & saying what he believes to be true (& in all likelihood is the reality of the situation, or very close to it). He has been unfairly & harshly dealt with during & since his axing. He was without doubt Australia's most consistent & reliable batsman for a number of recent seasons. Solid & unfashionable, but grinds out runs typically when Australia has needed them most. A "backs to the wall" streetfigther who puts a high price on his wicket. Dale Steyn's recent assessment of Katich speaks volumes. Despite Clarke's pleas of innocence, there is definitely blood on his hands. I would have Katich in the test team over Ponting based on recent & current form every single day of the year. CA will no doubt shaft Katich further during this "hearing" & permanently close the book on his international career. Further shame on a very spineless CA.

  • on October 29, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Once Clarke became Australian captain it was widely speculated that this would be bad news for Katich's career, due to the differences between the two players after the famous dressing room incident. Subsequent events proved the speculators right. Katich had arguably been Australia's best Test batsmen for several years prior to his sacking and still remains a far more complete player than his replacement, Phil Hughes. Hughes may one day be a very good player at the top level, but it still remains that the current Australian team is not being picked entirely on form (one decent innings in Sri Lanka does not constitute consistent form).

  • on October 29, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I feel for Katich - he was arguably Australia's best batman at the time he was refused a new contract. Frankly, arguments about looking to youth don't cut it in this circumstance - there is just no way he should have been sacked. But speaking out against Clarke is simply unwise, even if what he says is true. It makes him look bitter and lowers the standing of his opinions. Far better to speak out against the system in order to affect change and hopefully spare future players the grief he went through.

  • AlanHarrison on October 29, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I must admit I am rather confused about what authority Cricket Australia claims in order to demand a hearing like this. I thought the whole point about Katich's dispute about them was that he was no longer a contracted player with them. I'm no stranger to run-ins with employers, but I must say I have never been hauled in by an employer for disciplinary proceedings AFTER they have given me the sack. In such circumstances I would very calmly give the finger to any employer who tried to do this to me, knowing that I was no longer under any obligation to them whatsoever. It is a very strange system which allows employers to give its employees the boot AND still allow them to control ex-employees ... or am I missing something? I've nothing against Michael Clarke who I admire as a cricketer, and Katich is probably a bit too mouthy for his own good: but I must say Katich appears to have a point in so far as the way Australian cricket is run these days just seems to get ever more strange.

  • crikey on October 29, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    There was no logical reason not to have Simon Katich in the australian team.Therefor you cannot help but conclude that there was a illogical reason for his axing.He was accepted by his teammates under Ponting's leadership so it stands to reason that it was Clarke's decision to axe him.If Katich is disciplined for telling the truth, then I for one am boycotting australia's cricket games from now on. Enough is enough.

  • Impactzone on October 29, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    If a player cannot express an opinion of those higher up the food chain, there are a few people who play and post in this forum who will be quaking in their boots waiting for a P&D from CA. Lets hope CA don't do a Qantas and stop all matches because they don't like what their players are saying about them.

  • on October 29, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Michael Clarke was not involved as a selctor when the contracted players were chosen - end of section, so the tossers that wrote their uninformed drivel should go back and check their facts. Michael Clarke became a selector later! Clarke is doing a great job as captain with plenty of energy and ideas. Australian cricket is in good hands and we are on the way back!

  • VivGilchrist on October 29, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Katich and Gayle situations looking similar. I don't know what this says for CA being in a similar boat to WICB.

  • Bacchus_Martial on October 29, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    I certainly don't think Katich's comments constituted an outburst, unless you define ALL comments you don't like or don't agree with as outbursts. Their tone was measured enough, they responded relevantly to the questions asked and I, too, think he was simply telling the truth as he sees it rather than mischief-making.

  • TechnicalSergeant on October 29, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Think Katich's reaction over being removed from the contract list is way over the top. During the recession of 2008, many Software companies in India did lay off quite a few folks - and not all of them were below some competence bar - being one of the 'privileged few' to be given the boot, I would like to think so atleast :) If Cricket is increasingly viewed as a business, with CEOs and performances metrics, then layoffs for reasons other than merit too are part of the deal ?

    As an aside, am not sure where the dropping of Bevan and Bichel from the contracts lists in 2004, created a similar furore. That too, just a year after they played such an important role in the World Cup ?

  • FormPlayersOnly on October 29, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Clarke had power as a selector when Katich was dropped, so Clarke had a say. It's clear to anyone who can add two and two which way Clarke voted, otherwise he would have said, "Actually I voted to keep Katich in the team."

    It's ludicrous to give a player selection powers, particularly when the nation as a whole didn't want Clarke as captain in the first place. I would pick Katich ahead of Clarke in a heartbeat. Katich could be in the team based on form. This is not something that could be said of Clark over the last 18 months (and he was not and is still not captain material).

  • on October 29, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    cont...

    Anyway the team is moving on and we are winning again under Clarke. As unsavoury as it may appear, he seems to be doing a great job. They are playing as a team, applauding each other in the field and I have to agree when he says that your comments aren't good for team morale. I hope that your comments are just the result of you lowering your guard to some very leading and divisive questions in the press conference.

    Once again let me say that you have been a great servant for the country and thank you for all the pleasure you have brought us. Cheers Phill

  • chad_reid on October 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    I SUPPORT MICHAEL CLARKE AND CA HERE YOU CANT MAKE STUPID ACCUSATIONS WITHOUT THE FACTS TO BACK IT UP THE ONLY THING IT DOES IS GIVE A BAD NAME TO CRICKET IN THIS CASE CA AND MICHAEL CLARKE. THESE ARE JUST KATICHS THOUGHTS HE THINKS THAT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENDED HE DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT OR IF MICHAEL CLARKE WAS INVOLVED. I HOPE HE NEVER PLAYS FOR AUS AGAIN WITH THIS CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR. ALTHOUGH YOU CAN EXPECT THIS FROM HIM AFTER HE GRABBED THE VC AND HIS TEAMMATE BY THE THROAT OVER WHEN THE SONG SHOULD BE SANG LOL.

  • Hodra99 on October 29, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Katich was a great servant to the Australian cricket team, however he needs to move on and get over his axing. His public comments serve no purpose, and only seek to derail a team who is moving into the future.

  • Winsome on October 29, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Very stupid of CA. What is the point of this? They are making it look like Katich is right and that they are busy protecting their own. I don't think he should have said what he did, he is obviously still angry but could have kept a lid on it but CA taking this stance is hardly going to win them any fans. Or Clarke.

  • on October 29, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Whatever your opinion of Katich, and whatever his future, or lack of future with Australian representative teams ... he is now FINISHED ... end of story

  • HatsforBats on October 29, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Comments made by both Chris Rogers and Katich regarding poor communication by CA to players are warranted and admirable for their frankness. However to publicly accuse the team captain of being involved in his dismissal, seemingly without basis, is poor form regardless of whether or not it was made off-hand. At 36 yrs old and coming off an achilles injury Katich has shown no perception to his longevity in the game nor for the welfare of the Australian team. Whilst he remains one of the best players in the country he is not the first to be dropped harshly, and he could be considered lucky to have played as many matches as he has considering he is not the best opener in the country. That honour belongs to Rogers, who has acted with dignity despite being ignored by selectors, a lesson Brad Hodge should have learned.

  • here2rock on October 29, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    It is a tough one. I can feel for Katich, he was dropped for no understandable reasons. You can not drop a player because he is getting old. His employer sacked him for new reasons given and did not even bother to contact him. CA had a duty of care to contact him. He would have a good case for unfair dismissal against CA. I am not sure taking this route publicly is going to do him any good he needs legal counsel.

  • on October 29, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Katich should of just held his tongue he would of eventually got back in the team, very likely wont happen now. But it is an obvious CONFLICT OF INTEREST the captain of any sporting team also being a selector, they are in a position to undermine selection of anyone who is threat to their position, Clarke should resign or CA should dismiss him as a selector immediately so that such an event is not possible.

  • Baundele on October 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Not surprised by the CA's call. But thanks, Katich for coming forward against the nasty politics in cricket.

  • farkin on October 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    its not detrimental public comment its saying what he thinks is the truth

  • farkin on October 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    i think he told what he believes to be the truth .

  • CricFan78 on October 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Am I missing something? If Katich is not contracted to CA then how can he be reported under CA's code of conduct?

  • on October 29, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    At least Australia is winning, 3 ODI series on the trot, they at least ousted Andrew Hilditch and Greg Chappell, isn't that a good thing, blame those two for dropping Katich. Aussies are making steady progress against top teams, winning against SA is one of those steps. Why should Clarke care to respond when he has led the team to victory. His focus is on winning. Katich only played in tests and so having Hughes there for the long term is part of developing australia's future in test cricket.

  • Biggus on October 29, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Oh, leave him alone. Katich's most recent public statement was poorly judged and this has been reflected in the far less positive comments by posters at this site in that regard, but for CA to go after him reeks of small mindedness. The most likely outcome of a disciplinary hearing would be renewed support for him among rank and file Aussies, who hitherto may have felt he had said too much recently. I don't get CA at all anymore, they seem far more worried about their self-image than running the game well, and this 'Big Brother' disciplinary stuff is more like the BCCI, PCB or Windies' boards style. Enough, I say to CA, his latest outburst has swung public opinion towards you and to pursue the matter further would be a classic case of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

  • on October 29, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Katich needs to be in the team. I know that we have a history of doing this (Michael Bevan and Dean Jones to name just 2 recent examples) but it doesn't make it any less stupid.

  • on October 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    cricket australia is an absolute joke. i hope we get utterly destroyed in every match we play until these clowns finally quit.

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  • on October 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    cricket australia is an absolute joke. i hope we get utterly destroyed in every match we play until these clowns finally quit.

  • on October 29, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Katich needs to be in the team. I know that we have a history of doing this (Michael Bevan and Dean Jones to name just 2 recent examples) but it doesn't make it any less stupid.

  • Biggus on October 29, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Oh, leave him alone. Katich's most recent public statement was poorly judged and this has been reflected in the far less positive comments by posters at this site in that regard, but for CA to go after him reeks of small mindedness. The most likely outcome of a disciplinary hearing would be renewed support for him among rank and file Aussies, who hitherto may have felt he had said too much recently. I don't get CA at all anymore, they seem far more worried about their self-image than running the game well, and this 'Big Brother' disciplinary stuff is more like the BCCI, PCB or Windies' boards style. Enough, I say to CA, his latest outburst has swung public opinion towards you and to pursue the matter further would be a classic case of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.

  • on October 29, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    At least Australia is winning, 3 ODI series on the trot, they at least ousted Andrew Hilditch and Greg Chappell, isn't that a good thing, blame those two for dropping Katich. Aussies are making steady progress against top teams, winning against SA is one of those steps. Why should Clarke care to respond when he has led the team to victory. His focus is on winning. Katich only played in tests and so having Hughes there for the long term is part of developing australia's future in test cricket.

  • CricFan78 on October 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Am I missing something? If Katich is not contracted to CA then how can he be reported under CA's code of conduct?

  • farkin on October 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    i think he told what he believes to be the truth .

  • farkin on October 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    its not detrimental public comment its saying what he thinks is the truth

  • Baundele on October 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Not surprised by the CA's call. But thanks, Katich for coming forward against the nasty politics in cricket.

  • on October 29, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Katich should of just held his tongue he would of eventually got back in the team, very likely wont happen now. But it is an obvious CONFLICT OF INTEREST the captain of any sporting team also being a selector, they are in a position to undermine selection of anyone who is threat to their position, Clarke should resign or CA should dismiss him as a selector immediately so that such an event is not possible.

  • here2rock on October 29, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    It is a tough one. I can feel for Katich, he was dropped for no understandable reasons. You can not drop a player because he is getting old. His employer sacked him for new reasons given and did not even bother to contact him. CA had a duty of care to contact him. He would have a good case for unfair dismissal against CA. I am not sure taking this route publicly is going to do him any good he needs legal counsel.