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Katich heads for Lancashire

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 14, 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
Simon Katich will be available for Lancashire throughout 2013, an increasingly rare thing in the days of short-term overseas contracts © Getty Images
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Simon Katich, the seasoned Australian batsman, will be Lancashire's overseas player in 2013.

Katich, 37, spent a short period at Old Trafford two years ago and will be available for the entire 2013 season as Lancashire aim to put a dismal season behind them with a speedy return to Division One of the County Championship.

His vast experience has regularly been sought by a number of counties. He shunned a new contract with Hampshire, instead telling their captain Jimmy Adams that he was considering his options and eventually deciding to join a county who will be one of their main promotion rivals next season.

Katich has played 56 Tests for Australia and knows the county circuit well having played for Durham, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Hampshire. He said Lancashire's "professionalism and attention to detail" was a factor in his decision.

His task will be to bring stability to Lancashire's batting line-up and his commitment will be valued by the county as they seek to rebuild belief after following a Championship win with relegation the following season.

Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's cricket director, said: "Simon is a quality performer and a top character. He knows our club and county cricket very well and has enjoyed an outstanding career, averaging over 50 in first-class cricket. Naturally, we are delighted to welcome him back to Old Trafford."

Peter Moores, the county's head coach, expects Katich's influence to be particularly valuable to Lancashire's relatively young side - a side which was unable to halt their unexpected decline last summer. "We have an emerging group of Lancashire players who will benefit greatly from his experience and knowledge, and his ability as a player is beyond question."

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Posted by Meety on (November 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@davidpk on (November 14 2012, 20:31 PM GMT) - have you been watching events in Ahmedabad? You are still expecting to hammer Oz? LOL! @cricmatters on (November 14 2012, 14:26 PM GMT) - LOL! Murali did sweet FA in OZ in tests & he was a great, you think Sri Lanka's current modest/good spinners will expose him? Nope, if you follow cricket, have a look at the bloke who had first use of the cherry against NZ today! He might! @ sirvivfan- without overseas players - the County seen would be a bloated, meaningless event that would sink English cricket into a mire of mediocrity! I won't mention the potential to draw talent from other countries, so for starters, you would not be able to maintain a 16 team FC comp - FULL STOP! The arguement that Katich has taken a "youngsters" position is a fallacy. A good youngster should be made to fight his way into the top grade, without that - just like survival of the fittest - he would lack the ability to compete effectively!

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 14, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

well not one i would have gone for, an to me the only thing hes got gone for him at least he wll be here the full season. or will the ashes aussie openers fail and they will go looking for a stopgap to get them through what i expect an aussie hammering. another point, is he know an aussie with an english passport hants had so many overseas players that one must have used similar options for them to get that option ?

Posted by Hammond7249 on (November 14, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Typical really, after a county give you a place to play when your international career is down the pan. But Hampshire have some talented home grown players who deserve a chance. Katich will not really be missed.

Posted by cricmatters on (November 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

It is a pity that Simon Katich instead of playing for Australia has to play county cricket in England. Ponting is very lucky to be around but his weakness against quality spin will be tested again when Sri Lanka visits Australia.

Posted by emmersonne on (November 14, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Saddened by this as a Hampshire fan, maybe Afridi can come and fill in instead.

Posted by sirvivfan on (November 14, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I have no time for these overseas players.... Came to Hampshire for one year took a youngsters position and then moves on to Lancashire because he says they have more professional attitude! Really did nothing much at Hampshire....crucially Hampshire did gain nothing from using him....on blanche it was a backward step. Only few overseas player are worth what get paid.

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