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Katich ends Australian first-class career

Brydon Coverdale

June 12, 2012

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Simon Katich cuts during his innings of 96, Tasmania v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield Final, Hobart, 1st day, March 17, 2011
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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.

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