Australia news December 5, 2011

Katich reprimanded over Clarke comments

ESPNcricinfo staff

Simon Katich is looking forward to putting his disciplinary hearing behind him after he escaped suspension from Cricket Australia for cutting comments he made about Michael Clarke in October. Katich pleaded guilty at a CA Code of Behaviour hearing, chaired by retired county court judge Gordon Lewis in Melbourne on Monday, and was handed an official reprimand.

"It's not something you want to go through but I'm glad it's out of the way now and very grateful for Commissioner Lewis' findings," Katich said on SEN radio after the hearing.

"Obviously I said things for a reason. At the time I was still coming to terms with the mixed messages I'd been receiving over the previous few months from the chairman of selectors and from other people involved in the team. From that point of view I said what I said, but at the end of the day now I just want to move forward and play some good cricket for New South Wales and put this behind me."

The hearing was delayed from its original date of November 21 due to scheduling conflicts, after Katich was charged by Cricket Australia for his comments on October 28, when he suggested that his dressing-room stoush with Clarke in 2009 had contributed to his axing from Australia's side. After scoring a Sheffield Shield hundred, Katich was asked whether the appointment of a new chairman of selectors, John Inverarity, would help his cause in winning a recall.

"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 at the time. "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."

When asked if he could expect to play for Australia again while Clarke remained captain, Katich said: "I wouldn't have thought so. That's probably why I'm in this position in the first place."

In the dressing rooms after the 2009 Sydney Test, Katich grabbed the then vice-captain Clarke by the throat after an argument over when the team song would be sung. After Monday's hearing, Katich softened his tone when asked about his relationship with Clarke.

"We were able to play cricket for a good couple of years there in the same team without it causing any problems, so from my point of view I didn't see any dramas in that respect," Katich said. "I guess I have just been searching for answers as to why I wasn't in the team, given that I felt I'd been performing to a reasonable standard over the last three years."

Katich was set to fly back to Canberra on Monday evening to play in the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania at Manuka Oval, starting on Tuesday.

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  • Earl on December 6, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    There are only a few batsmen who can play against good tight bowling and survive. Watson seems to make runs...but only after he has been given early lives.Dravid,Chanderpaul,laxman and Katich seems to me to be the toughest batsmen to get out.Every team needs one of these guys.India are lucky to have two.

  • Bob on December 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @dms1972... Surely the criteria should be that you're only too old for test cricket when you're not good enough for test cricket..

  • Damien on December 6, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    You have to remember that Katich wasn't thrown out of the Test team; he got injured and then didn't have his contract renewed. Yes, the decision not to renew his contract may have been harsh, but he was injured and, in their wisdom, the selectors decided that it was a prime opportunity to introduce younger players. As it is, there are 3 players 34 or older in the team. If Hussey, Haddin or Ponting get injured now, I'd say their International careers would be over as well. Just like Mitchell Johnson will find it hard to get back. The same happened to Brett Lee. He got injured and wasn't able to get back into the Test team, so he retired from Test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    katich is far better than ponting , clark & hussy very unfair to so much talented cricketer .

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Katich should of been opening in the NZ test with Warner. Hughes is really on borrowed time. He gets in and gets out. His technique is not good enough for consistant test cricket. Australian selectors need to realise that Hughes needs to go back to state cricket and really work on his technique and score runs as he is not scoring consistantly enough at the moment.

    My batting line up would be not taking into account 8 to 11 in the order would be ...

    Katich Warner Kawaja Ponting Clarke Hussey Haddin(Wkt)

    It may sound very smug but its nice to see my commented view of putting Clarke at 5 is working well for aus and clarke.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am glad Katich is not in the team. Hughes is way easier to manage as an opponent.

  • Rob on December 5, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    As an Eng fan the shame is not seeing Katich watch as his inexperienced teammates crumble around him and watch his fighting 50/100 runs!

    CA need his experience for a little longer yet, Him Punter and Hussie will only last so long and the replacements for them all need as much experience as they can from batsmen who can tough it out! Clarke may be good, but he will still hasn't proven consistently enough he can "tough it out"

    Katich was right to speak out about the selection issues etc and not be smothered by CA. Otherwise CA is no better than WI, BCCI PCB etc who have little selectorial transparency!

    Good luck Katich!

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    What a joke, CA are ridiculous.

  • Bob on December 5, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Katich may have escaped suspension... but the big question is, will he ever be selected again. If not it may well turn out to be a pyrrhic victory. I hope the selectors see sense, because from this England supporter's point of view, he is a far better batsman than some others in the side, who appear to be living a charmed life in selectorial terms.

  • Barath on December 5, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    oh plz come on Cricket Australia don go the WICB way 2 banish one of the best openers in the country( atleast right now) esply since we got a walking wicket opener in Hughes ....

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