Australia news June 12, 2012

Katich ends Australian first-class career

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Simon Katich has announced his retirement from first-class cricket in Australia, ending a Sheffield Shield career that spanned 16 seasons for Western Australia and New South Wales.

Katich, 36, will play on for Hampshire this year and his decision leaves the door open to continue his county career if he chooses to do so next year. He has also committed to playing for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 later this year but said in a statement that with a young family and a desire for extended time at home, he had decided to reassess his priorities.

Just over 12 months ago, Katich was considered an important member of the Test side but he was the primary victim of a move for change following the 2010-11 Ashes debacle. Katich lost his Cricket Australia contract last year and with it any realistic chance of adding to his 56 Tests, especially after he lashed out at the way Australian cricket was run during a frank press conference.

His replacement at the top of the order, Phillip Hughes, was unable to hold his place but Katich was not called on again, and the Australians are now using a David Warner-Ed Cowan opening partnership in Test cricket. Katich will leave the game having scored 4188 Test runs at 45.03, while he can still add to his first-class tally of 19,667 runs this county season.

A long-time captain of New South Wales after moving from Western Australia, Katich lost the state leadership last summer as the Blues looked to blood younger leaders. However, he kept scoring runs for New South Wales and made 483 at 43.90 in the Sheffield Shield last season.

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  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | June 14, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I wonder if Katich has rung up Clarke & asked him if as now he is the captain he bothers to wait around for the team song after a victory or just runs off to the latte lounge to giggle?...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | June 14, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @rubywaxed... Well said & Meety doesn't understand the point you made (as usual)... But when you have a third of the population living in 1 State we should all expect a higher NSW representation - by population alone, Tassie is well over-represented... Ahhh, maybe a Tassie conspiracy needs to be brought up... lol...

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    not a happy ending by a good batsman. Current Oz team is suffering from two major problem 1st is the opening pair 2nd is the spinner. Michael clarke is responsible for the 1st problem. clarke believing axe to those players who did't respect him. katich, ponting are the victim of clarke. lyon understand these things soo early. lyon respect clarke soo much and become a favourite of clarke.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @rubywaxed - btw - they ALL either played for NSW before moving state, OR were born there. (As the ACT are not in the Shield), I consider it a part of the NSW scheme rightly or wrongly - hence Lyon!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @rubywaxed - that's the POINT, they didn't get higher honours when playing for NSW! (read my comment as a response). @mehulmatrix - after the back injury AND personal issues, Jaques was struggling to average 30 in the Shield for several seasons. I think he saw a heap of talent coming thru & decided to step aside, I think Katich was of similar vein, but thought that he is no longer a potential test player so why bother to continue on? Jaques has been doing reasonably well in the County scene this season.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | June 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    @smudgeon, yes jacques had a bad back injury. But i think he was doing pretty well in FC. So think a combination of couple of factors in the decision.

  • POSTED BY BurmaStu on | June 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories Kat. Cricket Aus should be ashamed - this guy should still be walking out to bat for Australia. Tough not to repeat what's been said above: Gritty, tough as nails, combative, intelligent and an all-round team player whom Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Warner would do well to learn from. I pity the County bowlers who will be driven to frustration in coming years. Thanks Kat!

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | June 13, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Warner is more like sehwag, where he can get out any time.But sehwag is a vital member for all the test wins. Let's see whether it is a good descision to have warner. Katich...All the BEST. You are a wonderful steady player like Dravid.

  • POSTED BY rubywaxed on | June 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @Meety three of those guys you quoted are New South Welshman!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    The third Australian to end their Shield career and continue with County cricket. What's wrong with the Australian domestic season? It looks as if the pay is more lucrative meaning the make a better living over there than here. A lot of counties will be hunting for his signature. What ever team signs him up, he'll score a mountain of runs.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | June 14, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I wonder if Katich has rung up Clarke & asked him if as now he is the captain he bothers to wait around for the team song after a victory or just runs off to the latte lounge to giggle?...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | June 14, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @rubywaxed... Well said & Meety doesn't understand the point you made (as usual)... But when you have a third of the population living in 1 State we should all expect a higher NSW representation - by population alone, Tassie is well over-represented... Ahhh, maybe a Tassie conspiracy needs to be brought up... lol...

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    not a happy ending by a good batsman. Current Oz team is suffering from two major problem 1st is the opening pair 2nd is the spinner. Michael clarke is responsible for the 1st problem. clarke believing axe to those players who did't respect him. katich, ponting are the victim of clarke. lyon understand these things soo early. lyon respect clarke soo much and become a favourite of clarke.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @rubywaxed - btw - they ALL either played for NSW before moving state, OR were born there. (As the ACT are not in the Shield), I consider it a part of the NSW scheme rightly or wrongly - hence Lyon!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @rubywaxed - that's the POINT, they didn't get higher honours when playing for NSW! (read my comment as a response). @mehulmatrix - after the back injury AND personal issues, Jaques was struggling to average 30 in the Shield for several seasons. I think he saw a heap of talent coming thru & decided to step aside, I think Katich was of similar vein, but thought that he is no longer a potential test player so why bother to continue on? Jaques has been doing reasonably well in the County scene this season.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | June 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    @smudgeon, yes jacques had a bad back injury. But i think he was doing pretty well in FC. So think a combination of couple of factors in the decision.

  • POSTED BY BurmaStu on | June 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Thanks for all the memories Kat. Cricket Aus should be ashamed - this guy should still be walking out to bat for Australia. Tough not to repeat what's been said above: Gritty, tough as nails, combative, intelligent and an all-round team player whom Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Warner would do well to learn from. I pity the County bowlers who will be driven to frustration in coming years. Thanks Kat!

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | June 13, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Warner is more like sehwag, where he can get out any time.But sehwag is a vital member for all the test wins. Let's see whether it is a good descision to have warner. Katich...All the BEST. You are a wonderful steady player like Dravid.

  • POSTED BY rubywaxed on | June 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @Meety three of those guys you quoted are New South Welshman!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    The third Australian to end their Shield career and continue with County cricket. What's wrong with the Australian domestic season? It looks as if the pay is more lucrative meaning the make a better living over there than here. A lot of counties will be hunting for his signature. What ever team signs him up, he'll score a mountain of runs.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Great player.

    Was a travesty when he was dropped. He was my choice for Aussie captain TBH. Clarkie showed his colours when he wanted to leave the team celebrations early to go and be a socialite. Katto stood up for the team, and he was removed because of it. Katich scored the most runs for Australia between the retirement of the big 5 and his axing, of any Australian batsman. Shows it was personal rather than performance.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @Gordo85 - LOL! Almost every comment you make is about the NSW conspiracy! LOL! Certainly playing in NSW did NOT help Cowan, O'Keefe, Christian, Forrest & Lyon get selected for National duty!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | June 12, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    An underrated player who has been unlucky with injuries as well as ill-utilized (not given the ball enough) and unfairly treated by the establishment. Australia would have descended from their number one status much earlier if not for the stability and fighting spirit Katich gave to many innings in the late naughties. Another gritty Test maverick leaves the scene...

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | June 12, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Thank you Katich, great player, you deserved a better retirement.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | June 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    He was a good player whose career was cut short because Hughes was bought in, that turned out to be a big mistake.

  • POSTED BY Gordo85 on | June 12, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Well Done Katich. I don't like the state Cricket Australia is in at the moment and I think the captain now has too much of a say in things. People who deserve a place under merit should be in the team until they don't deserve to be there. Others should take a leaf out of Simon Katich's book and hung up the boots now instead of hang on for too long as it looks like Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting are doing now. Not to mention back in the day it is rumoured that Ricky Ponting and Brad Hodge had a fight or a tiff about something and shortly after that Hodge never played another Test ever again. People shouldn't feel the need to leave the state they played for first in order to get selected more for Australia it just shows if you move to NSW you have the key to Cricket Australias heart.

  • POSTED BY Les46 on | June 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Simon Katich was an outstanding player for Australia, Western Australia (W.A.) and New South Wales. A gritty and successful opener at the highest level, he also filled the role of partnership breaker with his leftarm "chinamen". A great and brave fieldsman close to the bat, he also captained NSW for a large part of his career after leaving W.A. I think there is little doubt that the Selectors performed a considerable disservice to Australian Cricket by prematurely ending Simon's career in the Test side.

    As an aside, I have often wondered why Simon did not focus more on his leftarm unorthodox spin bowling, given that he was already a gifted batsman. A quality leftarm "chinamen" bowler, would be a priceless asset for an Australian test captain to be able to wheel into the attack after a Patrick Cummins/Ben Hilfenhaus/James Pattinson opening stanza. A very scarce commodity in first class cricket. Michael Bevan was another case in point.

    All the best Simon...#

  • POSTED BY rienzied on | June 12, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    biggest crime was to have a fight with the future aussie captain in 08-09 v South Africa

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | June 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Great guy who had the respect of whole team to be the captain and the most sincere and hardworking cricketer.. Great team man who would have done anything for the team.. Sad the Aussie cricket usually prefers the showoff guys than the honest performers like Gillespie, Martyn, Lehmann, Bevan etc.. The big guys in Clarke, Punter, Watson get all the comfort when they fail but other guys were always under scanner and dropped when they failed for a single series/tour..

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | June 12, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    legendary player who had a brilliant career. eptiomises a proper test cricketer. win the champs league with the scorchers for youre final act for an aussie team kat.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @venkatesh018: cant agree more mate!

  • POSTED BY HadleeCrowe on | June 12, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    very very under-rated spinner too

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | June 12, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    mehulmatrix, Jaques had a severe back injury that kept him out of the team. unfortunate, as he was quite a talent before the injury, never quite the same once he returned. sad news about Katto (best spinner we never had!), but at the same time i'm sure he'll ease into retirement with a few good seasons in county. Katich (like Chanderpaul) is proof that your technique doesn't need to be sexy to be effective.

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | June 12, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    I don't understand - he said in a statement that with a young family and a desire for extended time at home, he had decided to reassess his priorities - then surely stay in Aus not England? I guess he wants a free Aus summer to spend with the kids...great player though, and an asset to counties

  • POSTED BY vak1997 on | June 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    the CA could have given him a chance to make a 'come back'

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | June 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I think Katich lost out due to injury first and then a slumping Aussie cricket. Having lost to England at home, sweeping changes were made and Katich lost alongwith a few like Jhonson. He still had a couple of years cricket in him when ignored, but when harsh decisions are taken they dont look back. Katich should consider himself unlucky. He could have made a comeback if he did not go to the press but I think he read the writing on the wall and reacted publicly. After being promoted as an opener, Katich gave Australia one of the best starts alongwith Hayden. He took the senior position when Hayden was climbing down and was instrumental in Aussies winning many-a-test during that period. His catching at short leg was perfect and his occasional wrist spin gave Australia the extra weapon. He could have prospered under Clarke but it was too late. He should become a good coach if he chooses to take it up as a profession. All the best katich.

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | June 12, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I hate Australia for their so called professionalism. This guy had so much things to offer for Australian test and he was kicked off for nothing. He was on top form and then someone (Greg C) thought, they need young blood like Phil Hughes. Phil would easily come after 2 years as he had to do the same now. If so, Australia would have been better in Test cricket than as of NOW.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Clarke played the game of politics perfectly and did what he had to do to get to the top. Katich is a regular guy who didn't stand a chance against that. It was sad to see such a reliable opener just thrown to the wolves.

  • POSTED BY swan_is_ordinary on | June 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    A terrific player. A perfect batsman in aussie middle order. He deserved to be a regular member of aussie test side. Poor katich

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 12, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    What a waste of form, skill and experience ! Katto should still be playing for the Aussie Test team. And the guy who should have been dropped last year was Ponting. The Aussie selection committee have done a great disservice to the nation.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | June 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    I think katich realizes that he should make way for youngsters, though hes playing well. Move similar to that to jacques.Very unself-fish unlike many players we see even on international level. He is very gusty and a frank player. No doubt he should have a longer international career, but im sure he wont be dissatisfied by his achievements. Best wishes for his career/life ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    One of the best current Aussies cricketer...the side will struggle for days to find someone like him...excellent team man , a brilliant batsman and leader and more than handful spinner...they dont make them much better now a days..in my opinion he should have been playin in d test squad atleast till d next Ashes

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | June 12, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    should not have been sacked last year, But good to see that he is not just hanging on to score big runs. NSW has probllem of plenty so this decision will give job security to blokes like maddinson. Anyways kato we will remember you as a tremendous and the secondbest captain oxz never had(after warnie)

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | June 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Well done to Simon Katich. I enjoyed watching his batting hugely. His fight and character is and will be sorely missed in the Australian test side. Tremendous effort to fight back from being dumped twice from the test team, and silencing any knockers that he may have had. Averaging 45 with the bat is just about right, and puts him there alongside former greats like Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh. Well played sir.

  • POSTED BY yoongguns on | June 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Sorry for you Katich...you really served ur country and ur county well. i personally going to miss u in international arena as well as count for Aus...keep playing...

  • POSTED BY bigfish69 on | June 12, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Thank you Simon for your contribution to Australian cricket. I respect your choice to speak up about Australian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 12, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Reading the heading, I thought here we go, hold onto your seatbelts he's going to let rip. Quite tame in the end!

  • POSTED BY tasliskr on | June 12, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    good bye katich......and good luck in county/t20s. you were a consistent performer 4 australia

  • POSTED BY Scgboy on | June 12, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Damn fine player , who shouldn't have been dropped , if u ask me. The Blues will indeed miss him. Good luck mate

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  • POSTED BY Scgboy on | June 12, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Damn fine player , who shouldn't have been dropped , if u ask me. The Blues will indeed miss him. Good luck mate

  • POSTED BY tasliskr on | June 12, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    good bye katich......and good luck in county/t20s. you were a consistent performer 4 australia

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 12, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Reading the heading, I thought here we go, hold onto your seatbelts he's going to let rip. Quite tame in the end!

  • POSTED BY bigfish69 on | June 12, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Thank you Simon for your contribution to Australian cricket. I respect your choice to speak up about Australian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY yoongguns on | June 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Sorry for you Katich...you really served ur country and ur county well. i personally going to miss u in international arena as well as count for Aus...keep playing...

  • POSTED BY johnnycash on | June 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Well done to Simon Katich. I enjoyed watching his batting hugely. His fight and character is and will be sorely missed in the Australian test side. Tremendous effort to fight back from being dumped twice from the test team, and silencing any knockers that he may have had. Averaging 45 with the bat is just about right, and puts him there alongside former greats like Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh. Well played sir.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | June 12, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    should not have been sacked last year, But good to see that he is not just hanging on to score big runs. NSW has probllem of plenty so this decision will give job security to blokes like maddinson. Anyways kato we will remember you as a tremendous and the secondbest captain oxz never had(after warnie)

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    One of the best current Aussies cricketer...the side will struggle for days to find someone like him...excellent team man , a brilliant batsman and leader and more than handful spinner...they dont make them much better now a days..in my opinion he should have been playin in d test squad atleast till d next Ashes

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | June 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    I think katich realizes that he should make way for youngsters, though hes playing well. Move similar to that to jacques.Very unself-fish unlike many players we see even on international level. He is very gusty and a frank player. No doubt he should have a longer international career, but im sure he wont be dissatisfied by his achievements. Best wishes for his career/life ahead.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 12, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    What a waste of form, skill and experience ! Katto should still be playing for the Aussie Test team. And the guy who should have been dropped last year was Ponting. The Aussie selection committee have done a great disservice to the nation.