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Katich retires from T20s, ends playing career

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July 12, 2014

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Simon Katich chips one on the off side, Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, Big Bash League, Sydney, January 10, 2014
Simon Katich will not play for Perth Scorchers in the upcoming Champions League T20 © Getty Images
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Simon Katich has announced his retirement from T20s, thus ending his career as a player in all forms of the game. Katich had retired from Australian first-class cricket in June 2012 but had continued playing county cricket until 2013 and had led Perth Scorchers to the Big Bash League title last season. He had also participated in a few Ryobi Cup matches in October 2013.

"It's always difficult when it comes to making these sorts of decisions," Katich said. "I've obviously been in a similar situation when I made the decision to retire from first-class cricket in Australia a few years ago. Having been through that before, it helped me understand the process a bit better and the more I thought about it, I felt the time was right.

"I have a young family, I've had a great run and for my last game at the WACA, my home ground, to finish with a win in a successful (BBL) campaign, it's the stuff you dream of. I'll finish on a high and that was a big part of the reason I decided to pull up stumps."

Katich will retire with immediate effect and will thus not be a part of the Scorchers side for the Champions League Twenty20 later this year. Katich played 118 T20 games and scored 2483 runs at an average of 30.28 and a strike-rate of 126.61. Of these, three were internationals for Australia.

He played T20s in England for Derbyshire, Hampshire and Lancashire and for New South Wales in Australia. He also played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL in 2008 and 2009 and for Duronto Rajshahi in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2013, apart from his 37 appearances for Scorchers. In 2013, Katich accepted the position of player development co-ordinator with the AFL team, Greater Western Sydney.

Justin Langer, the Perth Scorchers coach and Katich's former team-mate, said he was happy Katich could retire on a high.

"Simon's contribution to Western Australian and Australian cricket has been immense and, whilst I'm disappointed he'll no longer play for the Scorchers, I respect his decision to move on," Langer said. "As a person of extremely high integrity, I know 'Katto' has given this decision a lot of thought and I respect that he wants to finish his playing career as the captain of the triumphant Scorchers team last summer.

"In terms of leadership; there have been few stronger leaders in Western Australian cricket history. His honesty, example and fiercely competitive spirit have held him in high-regard everywhere he has been. Simon retires as one of the most admired and respected people I have had the privilege to play and work with and there is no doubt he will be a success in anything he pursues in the future."

Katich, who played 56 Tests and 45 ODIs between 2001 and 2010, had been an important part of the Australian Test squad until the Ashes series of 2010-11 sparked a call for change. Katich lost his Cricket Australia contract a few months later, ending his chances of playing more Tests. CA chairman Wally Edwards said last year that the decision to drop Katich from the Test side was a mistake.

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Posted by JRALS on (July 13, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Not only a great Australian Test cricketer but contributed greatly to the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club and last Thursday night was inducted as the club's 49th Life Member. The cllub's Annual Report states, "Randwick Petersham Cricket Club's First Australian Test cricketer, Australian ODI player, Australian T20 player, NSW player, NSW Captain and a member of the Randy Petes Team of the Decade. "The prestige which Simon Katich has brought to the club is immeasurable. He is one of the true gentlemen of the game with a passion only surpassed by his competitive spirit and his pursuit of excellence." Career stats for the Randy Petes: 5th highest run scorer in 1st Grade: 60 matches, 2742 runs, 6 centuries and HS 177." A great cricketer, man and clubman. Well done Kat

Posted by Gowza on (July 13, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

jamie siddons is one of those players who is considered as one of the best to never play test cricket for australia, averaged around 44/45, got about 11000 shield runs.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

@Gowza. I can also remember during the early to mid 90's that Warne's Victorian team mate and keeper Berry was a much better keeper than Healy and was almost considered for the Australian team , but apparently his batting wasn't as good so he never got considered. Do you also remember Jamie Siddens? He was a fielder who would of been on a par with Jonty Rhodes and I'm sure he made over 10,000 shield runs for SA. Great era for talent but a shame most never even got a look in.

Posted by Gowza on (July 13, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

katich came from a time when australia could have fielded two or three test XI's

1 simon kaitch 2 martin love 3 brad hodge 4 darren lehmann 5 mchael hussey 6 david hussey 7 haddin/campbell/berry/seccombe/emery 8 stuart clark 9 ryan harris 10 bracken/kasprowicz/bichel/dale/harvey 10 stuart macgill

then you had phil jaques, matthew elliott, chris rogers, stuart law, michael bevan, greg blewett, jamie cox, michael di venuto and andrew symonds with michael clarke and shane watson (who may have become a better test player by debuting young when he averaged near 50 in tougher domestic competition) on the rise.

Posted by AlSmug on (July 12, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

What a fantastic opening test batsmen Katich was he was dropped at a time when his batting average was over 50 for 3 consecutive yrs. This was a dark time in Australian test cricket where the captain had to much say and picked on personalities not performance , kind of like what England are doing now and now the shoes on the other foot its fantastic:)

Posted by CricketChat on (July 12, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

What difference does it make when CA chairman Wally Edwards says it was a mistake to drop him? Who paid the price? Selectors and captain Clarke who didn't always see eye to eye with Katich detroyed his career towards the end. I always remember Katich as dogged cricketer who fought and held his ground as long as he stayed on ground. Best of luck post playing career.

Posted by Gowza on (July 12, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

was a great cricketer, had he played more test cricket i'm sure we would have seen his average closer to 50.

Posted by himmat on (July 12, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

A very underrated cricketer......a legend in his own way.....I will always cherish his fine innings he played during Australia's successful 2004 tour of india.......!!!

Posted by wapuser on (July 12, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Gilly is incomparable. He is a Rod Marsh in keeping and a ponting in batting. His 220 against SA inside their own backyard can never be forgotten. He retired in style from IPL by getting a wicket of the only ball he bowled. A genius who makes mountains out of mole hills. He has a never say die attitude. Truly great cricketer.

Posted by wapuser on (July 12, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

When Watson and khawjha are getting so many opportunities for doing nothing why kat was dumped I fail to understand.

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