Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day December 7, 2010

Injured Katich ruled out of series

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Simon Katich doesn't think he has played his last Test despite a painful Achilles tear ruling him out of the rest of the Ashes series. The timing of the injury is extremely unfortunate for Katich, who is 35 and coming towards the end of his career.

He hopes to start running again in a month, giving his replacement three Tests to impress before the next five-day series against Bangladesh following the World Cup. "There are still a lot of factors, but I will do everything I can to try to play Test cricket again," Katich said. "Obviously my age will be a factor, but I haven't looked at it like that in the last few years because the last two and a half years of my career have been my best."

Katich, who has appeared in 56 Tests, refused to accept any on-field help during the match because he didn't want any special treatment after coming into the game with the problem. The complaint surfaced in Brisbane but he insisted he was fit for the second match. He said it worsened while fielding for two days during England's 5 for 620 declared.

He also dismissed suggestions he had avoided using a runner because the innings could have been his final one in a Test. "It had nothing to do with it," he said. "I knew I had to be out there. I don't like the rule of guys going off the field, I just think you're there to play the game and that's always been one of my things, whether you're injured or not, you're out there."

Katich's withdrawal made it 1-1 in the series stakes after England's Stuart Broad was forced out of the campaign on the same day with a torn stomach muscle. Katich hobbled to 43 in the second innings on Monday before scans showed he had a tear in one of the tendons in his heel.

It is a similar problem to the one suffered by Matthew Hayden in 2008, which gave Katich his chance to restart his Test career following a record-breaking domestic run spree. "Three years ago I was told I wasn't going to play again," Katich said. "All I know is that I'll do everything I can to make sure I can get it right. I'm confident I will."

He will have blood injections in his heel on Wednesday and will then have to wait for the healing to begin. "From there it's a matter of resting it and see how it settles down in the next couple of weeks," he said. He hasn't given up hope of playing in the Sydney Test but it would take a miracle for him to take part.

"I'm very disappointed, only two games into the series, to not be able to have a chance to try to turn things around with the team," he said. "It will be hard not being a part of it."

The injury is also a problem because it robs Australia of a dependable senior batsman, and a man who has built regular sturdy platforms with Shane Watson. The team is in crisis after being out-played in the opening two Tests and they now have to find a new opener for the third game in Perth from December 16. New South Wales' Phillip Hughes is the favourite to come in while Usman Khawaja is also a contender.

"[Katich is] a big loss for us, no doubt," Ricky Ponting said. "He's been one of the leading openers in international cricket since he forced his way back into the team. His record would stack up against most other opening batsmen in the world. He's an experienced player, he's a great character to have around your team and he's an uncompromising sort of guy."

Katich's team-mates were in awe of his pain threshold and his stubbornness as he refused help during the game. If it was his last sighting in the middle of a Test, he has left the arena as one of the country's toughest modern men.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • jameswayne on December 9, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    England are the best team in the world at the moment and the rankings that show India at the top is the biggest joke possible.The BCCI have hijacked the ICC and you can see the result with your plain eyes.For the last 2 years, India have been playing test matches exclusively in India for 90% of the time and that is the sole reason why India are at the top.That is the simple reason why Tendulkar has got so many centuries in the past 2 years.Playing teams like New Zealand,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh is the born habit of the Indians.They couldn't even win against the South Africans whom they played twice in India in the space of 1 year.Why don't they call the England team to India?Because they well know what the result would be.

  • visualdp on December 8, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    @Nathan Mitton, I didnt see any of the SL fan say so. I'm a Sri Lankan & I respect Katich very well. Probably the only fair player with a cool mind in AUS camp. Yes mate mate that's very obvious, that AUS never played any fiar cricket or with any respect to the opposition players so from a long time.

  • Sajeesh.M.S on December 8, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @Marcio Even if we lost that match by a 1000 runs,it doesn't matter. Because we were so close to a draw.Less than 15 balls remaining. If at-least two bad decisions (out of so many) were correctly given,we could have drawn the match,drawn the series and RETAIN Border-Gavaskar trophy. That makes a lot of difference.

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Sorry Raju - my comment was meant to be directed to svshiradhonkar.

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    @Raju Jinna: Shaun Tait does not want to play tests, and "retired" from longer forms of cricket about two years ago due to physical and mental issues. Still, he's the man for the job in T20 and ODIs, but I wouldn't rely on him to be physically capable of test cricket and bowling 10+ overs per innings.

  • OutdoorMiner on December 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    perhaps bring both Jacques and Hughes in and put Watson in at 6 dropping North. Jacques got injured and couldn't make his way back becasue of Katich and Hayden, not because he couldn't play international if i remember right. I say Hughes only because he's young, talented and should be given another shot.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @Marcio haahaa.. can't help but laughing at your comment mate. It's a choice for the batsman to go for a runner (ofcourse with opp captains permission) if there is a need and Kato didn't go for it, that's his PERSONAL choice. His choice cannot be compared to someone else who had a runner and won a game for some 'xyz' team. It wasn't a pretty sight when Kato was hobbling and I can see pride in that pain I appreciate him for that; but that act does not pave a path to create a new rule that if a batsman shows up with his crutches he is fair,brave or whatever and the one without them is not. The way the competitive spirit is shown differs from player to player, there are no particular standards set for that. Anyways I really think Katich has done a good job because he claimed that he was match fit and tried to stand by it till the last moment.

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    @jonesy2: I see you've decided that Australia need 12 players when they're facing England. Probably riight.

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 7, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    It's tough being a sportsman in your mid thirties. Injuries take longer to heal, no matter how fit you are and people are always ready to write you off. I wish him well- I admire a player with guts, even if he lacks in style.

  • Marcio on December 7, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    @Nathan Mitton, you are spot on. Whining sub-continent fans are obsessed with the evil-Ozzie myth, and fail to see any good, regardless of how good it is. Compare Katich hobbling bravely through the innings and scoring 45 to Laxman in India recently,the latter being granted BY PONTING a runner for a chronic back injury he carried into the game. That generosity won India the first test (he batted for hours, saving the game they won by 1 wicket), and thus cost Australia the series. I don't expect that fact will appear anywhere in the Indian history books when they recount Ponting's evil career. Instead there will be pages about how a neutral umpire robbed them of a game in which they were thrashed by 130 runs, and were never in a position to win.

  • jameswayne on December 9, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    England are the best team in the world at the moment and the rankings that show India at the top is the biggest joke possible.The BCCI have hijacked the ICC and you can see the result with your plain eyes.For the last 2 years, India have been playing test matches exclusively in India for 90% of the time and that is the sole reason why India are at the top.That is the simple reason why Tendulkar has got so many centuries in the past 2 years.Playing teams like New Zealand,Sri Lanka,Bangladesh is the born habit of the Indians.They couldn't even win against the South Africans whom they played twice in India in the space of 1 year.Why don't they call the England team to India?Because they well know what the result would be.

  • visualdp on December 8, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    @Nathan Mitton, I didnt see any of the SL fan say so. I'm a Sri Lankan & I respect Katich very well. Probably the only fair player with a cool mind in AUS camp. Yes mate mate that's very obvious, that AUS never played any fiar cricket or with any respect to the opposition players so from a long time.

  • Sajeesh.M.S on December 8, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @Marcio Even if we lost that match by a 1000 runs,it doesn't matter. Because we were so close to a draw.Less than 15 balls remaining. If at-least two bad decisions (out of so many) were correctly given,we could have drawn the match,drawn the series and RETAIN Border-Gavaskar trophy. That makes a lot of difference.

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Sorry Raju - my comment was meant to be directed to svshiradhonkar.

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    @Raju Jinna: Shaun Tait does not want to play tests, and "retired" from longer forms of cricket about two years ago due to physical and mental issues. Still, he's the man for the job in T20 and ODIs, but I wouldn't rely on him to be physically capable of test cricket and bowling 10+ overs per innings.

  • OutdoorMiner on December 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    perhaps bring both Jacques and Hughes in and put Watson in at 6 dropping North. Jacques got injured and couldn't make his way back becasue of Katich and Hayden, not because he couldn't play international if i remember right. I say Hughes only because he's young, talented and should be given another shot.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @Marcio haahaa.. can't help but laughing at your comment mate. It's a choice for the batsman to go for a runner (ofcourse with opp captains permission) if there is a need and Kato didn't go for it, that's his PERSONAL choice. His choice cannot be compared to someone else who had a runner and won a game for some 'xyz' team. It wasn't a pretty sight when Kato was hobbling and I can see pride in that pain I appreciate him for that; but that act does not pave a path to create a new rule that if a batsman shows up with his crutches he is fair,brave or whatever and the one without them is not. The way the competitive spirit is shown differs from player to player, there are no particular standards set for that. Anyways I really think Katich has done a good job because he claimed that he was match fit and tried to stand by it till the last moment.

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    @jonesy2: I see you've decided that Australia need 12 players when they're facing England. Probably riight.

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 7, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    It's tough being a sportsman in your mid thirties. Injuries take longer to heal, no matter how fit you are and people are always ready to write you off. I wish him well- I admire a player with guts, even if he lacks in style.

  • Marcio on December 7, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    @Nathan Mitton, you are spot on. Whining sub-continent fans are obsessed with the evil-Ozzie myth, and fail to see any good, regardless of how good it is. Compare Katich hobbling bravely through the innings and scoring 45 to Laxman in India recently,the latter being granted BY PONTING a runner for a chronic back injury he carried into the game. That generosity won India the first test (he batted for hours, saving the game they won by 1 wicket), and thus cost Australia the series. I don't expect that fact will appear anywhere in the Indian history books when they recount Ponting's evil career. Instead there will be pages about how a neutral umpire robbed them of a game in which they were thrashed by 130 runs, and were never in a position to win.

  • on December 7, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I expect Hughes to come in & cement his place, and sadly that will be that for Katich. Other changes I would make is put North out of his misery, bring in Cam White, Hauritz - at least he offers semblance of control even if he aint big spinner - in for the hapless Dohery and Hilfy - poor decision to drop him last test - for Bollinger. Another guy who needs a kick up the behind is Watto - petty 40s & 50s dont do anything, he needs to start turning them into big 150+ scores. Ponters is too good a player & expect him to come up with a big score soon. All is not lost but the batters need to help out the bowlers by rattlng up a big score at Perth & put the poms under pressure

  • letchford on December 7, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    The problem is there is no inform replacement. What made Australia a good side over the years is their ability to cover injuries. Hughes did not make any runs today in the shield game. So it might be Marsh if fit on his home pitch. As for getting rid of North, better late than never, but again on his home pitch. The Aussies need to win in Perth, I don't think they can win in both Melb & Syd to bring home the urn. I'd rather get rid of Cox & Hilditch, than North at the moment. The problem is they really need to make 4 changes, North, Katich, Bollinger(not fit enough) & NO spinner, because we don't have one thats upto test standard at the moment. Yes Hauri took 5 against WA, but that says more about WA than Hauri

  • svshiradhonkar on December 7, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Please bring back Shaun Tait for Perth test. That pitch will suite his type of bowling... Thats only one option for ponting to level the series....

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Great time for Ponting to crawl back into FORM. Well the situation is grim, no doubt but Ricky Ponting is expected to Bounce Back... not only for the pride of the World Winner Australia once used to be... but also for himself... he might well be playing his last Ashes test series. Like Brian Lara, take a sabatical leave from Cricket... :-)

    Katich.... he is a great Batsman.. watched him play in India.... Salute to him....

    Come on Aus.... Bounce Back... Punter....

  • antselector on December 7, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Losing Katich is exactly what Australia dont need. There are too many product wearing, hair bleaching soft players in the team. I hope Hughes has learnt that hard work is more important than TV commercials and magazine articles. The sadest part about having to replace Katich is that our gutless selectors will be reluctant to drop North....... Please help me, this guy cannot perform under any form of pressure. Australian selectors need to understand that our glory days are over, and that we need to start focussing on the younger talent in the country before they all get sudduced by 20/20. Let's try Steve Smith, he can only get better from an already heavily talented skillset. Bring Kawaja in, and find a fast bowler that can bowl a few maiden overs and apply some pressure (credit to Harris, the rest were rubbish)

  • Fareen on December 7, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    He's such a gentleman! I really hope he will come back...He always has a way to score runs with his unusual techniques...He also gave australia good starts in this ashes too...Very sad...Always liked him and he's a fighter..That's why I think his career is far from over..Still got 2 years to go I guess...I guess P.Hughes will be his replacement...he'll get the nod because of his experience...and please drop north and bring white..

  • jonesy2 on December 7, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    such a blow but why on earth are you questioning him not playing again? how the hell do you say hes coming to the end of his career? team for the second test should be:

    marsh, watson, ponting, clarke, hussey, white, haddin, johnson, harris, hauritz, siddle. bollinger

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    All the best Katto. Batted like a proper test opener by always putting a high price on his wicket. Reading some of Katto's comments are quite revealing. Australian players always cop a LOT of rubbish from some fans and media from the sub continent because of the way Aus are perceived to play the game - but then you read about Katto being determined to stay on the field, not getting any special treatment, and not using a runner. This of course will be overlooked by fans of teams who use the revolving door policy of swapping fielders on and off. Perhaps Sri Lankan fans can consider Katich's attitude and compare it to that of Ranatunga next time they want to whine about Aus not playing fair!!! And don't anyone bother writing in to say Katich only stayed on the field so he could bat in the next innings, because the rules state he could have batted at the fall of the 5th wicket regardless of how long he was off the field for. Good luck Kat!

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Unlucky for him for sure, but it probably doesn't help his cause. Dependable as he was, Phil Hughes is a better player and far more dangerous. I'd far rather see Katich and Watson walk out than Hughes and Jacques (another great player). Replace North with Whilte and Australia's batting looks pretty thick again. Not sure what they can do with the bowling, though.

  • gfthgh on December 7, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    great person. he was a great chinna man bawler.

  • Okakaboka on December 7, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Yes Hatsforbats, you are spot on!!! Now..um.....If we include even more NSW players, maybe we can actually lose in 2 days...which means we only have to sit through the pain for 2 days. I think these selectors would pick 13 NSW players if they could except one spot for the dodgiest batsman on the planet. Yep, old snicker himself,....Marcus North. Now please, I'm not having a go at NSW players or supporters....Only the selectors....13 you say...yep ...I don't think our selectors can count. Well, do you want evidence?......Okay....Clearly they cannot interpret statistical data....averages in other words. Common selectors, get your act together!!!

  • Nadeem1976 on December 7, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Nail in the head straight. Now australia is not going to score more than 200 in innings. What a loss. This is going to be tough for aussies this time around.

  • trumpoz on December 7, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    If the Australian selectors are smart they will see this as the end of Katich's career. He was a really good opener, but we need younger players. I'm not sure that Hughes is the person realistically..... his form has not been such to justify selection. Shaun Marsh to open? but he has been inconsistent.0

    Marcus North could also be retained due to a lack of runs by Shield batsman.... the leading scorer is Aiden Blizzard (who has played 7 first class games in total), Khawaja hasn't made many, Steve Smith hasn't made many, David Hussey has nearly 400 (but is he to old to realistically be considered a long term option?) Andrew McDonald was in blistering form but is injured. I don't think there is anyone in the country who has really 'earned' the right through number of runs to come in to the Australian team. It might be a case of pick the youngster with the most potential and give him 18 months in the side to prove himself..... In that case it should be Usman Khwaja.

  • OutdoorMiner on December 7, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    WACA team 1. Watson 2. Hughes 3. Ponting 4. Clarke 5. Hussey 6. White 7. Haddin 8. Hauritz 9. Hilfenhaus 10. Harris 11. Bollinger

  • James_10 on December 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Bad luck Kat. My team for next week would be: 1) Hughes, 2) Watson 3) Ponting, 4) Clarke, 5) Hussey, 6) Haddin, 7) Smith, 8) Hauritz, 9) Harris, 10) Hilfenhaus, 11) Bollinger or Siddle

  • gzawilliam on December 7, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Reasons why hughes is not the answer. 1. He's averaging 22 this year in the shield. 2. He has glaring holes in his technique. Especially against the short ball. 3. The english bowlers and captain and very good planners for batsmen. And no easy batter to plan against than hughes. 4. Isnt a very good fielder.

    Only batsmen really ready to take up england is shaun marsh. Averaging 40odd this year.

  • Chetan007 on December 7, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Better to play Tim Pain, he is in fine form and a perfect contender to play Ashes. North should be rested. Usman Khawaja should given a chance to play. He had performed very well in domestic tournament of Oz. Johnson should again given a chance to play instead of Siddle. Bowling pair of Bollinger and Johnson could give some breakthrough against England.

  • stuartk319 on December 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    More bad news for Aus - behind Hussey's return to form; the opening pair have been the best thing for Aus. IMHO Hughes isnt up to the short stuff just yet. @BringBackPeterToohey; I'd be happy to listen to any non-NSW players that you suggest could open. Best player not in the side is White. Hate to say this; but I've no idea who might fill this large hole.

  • PlayingItStraight on December 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Has anyone heard of a player named Daniel Christian? None of the media seem to have mentioned his name as a potential relacement for Marcus North - he's a very capable allrounder in red hot form right at the moment, who has recently played for Australia in the shorter form of the game. Australia could pick him along with Steve Smith (in for Doherty), giving them 5 quicks and a spinner for Perth, and lengthening their batting order at the same time.

  • Stevros3 on December 7, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    PRasHanT_PoL: As an Englishman I'd love that selection; drop your best bowler Harris; pick White, who is not a test class batsman or bowler, and bring back Mitch who has done nothing to deserve getting picked again and if he and the aussies would be forced to keep picking him for the rest of the series as they can't drop him twice in three games!

  • katandthat3 on December 7, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Shaun Marsh for me. Great player off the back foot as well as the front. Scored runs this season and has international experience from the one-day side and has had plenty of seasons in the first class system. Get well Kat still hope to see you back.

  • longdonkey on December 7, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    That might well be Katich's last Test then. Is Peter English a part of the NSW cricket mafia? Last time I looked Usman isn't an opening batsman. You would think the spot is going to be between Hughes and Marsh. However Hughes is averaging 22.8 in Shield cricket this year so how can he be first in line?

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    A true shame. I really hope this is not the end of his career.

  • CustomKid on December 7, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    That could be curtains on what was a fantastic career i think. Best of luck Kat.

  • PRasHanT_PoL on December 7, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    S Marsh Chance to opening with Watson in 3rd Test in WACA. M North out to 3rd test. Cameron White Chance to play middle order.

    My Team Of 3rd Test in WACA : 1) S Marsh 2) S Watson 3) R Ponting 4) M Clarke 5) C White 6) M Hussey 7) B Haddin 8) M Johnson 9) N Hauritz 10) P Siddle 11) B Hilfenhaus 12) P George

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    While it is unforunate that a doughty fighter like Simon Katich has got injured (he started this Test with the bad luck of being run out w/o facing a ball) it may be a blessing in disguise for the rebuilding of the team. CA and its selectors have been unnaturally reluctant to invest in future since 2008 when they let Hayden hang on. So the forced absence of Katich can pave the way for a new opener who can pair with Shane Watson (who can play another 6 to 8 years.)

  • kool_Indian on December 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Good Luck Simon...you are one of the few guys in aussie lineup who look genuine, humble and doesnt throw any tantrums - Hope you recover soon...!

  • MinusZero on December 7, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    I would not be surprise if Katich retires, it was possible at the completion of the Ashes that he would anyway. Step up Mr Hughes, show us what you are made of...but I still hope England win

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Bad luck for Katich and for Australia. He was a reliable bat at the top of the order and reliable bats aren't a feature of this Australian side. An achilles injury at 35 likely spells the end of his test career. He seems like a good guy and I wish him all the best.

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Yes, that's right Victorians, start complaining. Only 2 NSWelshmen mentioned as possibles. I'll start things off..."What about HODGE?!"

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I feel sorry for Katich, hopefully he recovers soon enough. I reckon Khawaja & Hughes could both be up for a game in Perth. Given the schemozzle in Adelaide, we might finally see the axe fall on North, which should pave the way for Khawaja to find a spot in the middle order. However, that means we lose our team's best spinner!

  • kazam_razaq on December 7, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    it is a very good thing for AUSSIES as sooner or later Ponting,Hussey and Katich need replacements and AUSSIES are already suffering bcoz not 1,not a whole lot retired together bring in two openers and bring Shane watson in the middle as his conversion rate is poor.AUSSIES need HAYDEN/SLATER/LANGER type of opening pair but hteir bowling is the weak link also now bring back HAURITZ.

  • BringBackPeterToohey on December 7, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Yes, Hughes or Khawaja would have the front-running given their NSW caps. Actually, if you're currently playing in Randwick-Petersham's 3rd XI in Sydney Grade cricket you're also a big show for a call-up.

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Congrats to ENGLAND on a job well done. Australia have their work cut out. Without Katich their frontline batsmen will be more vulnerable. Katich usually bats for a long period and was very handy at the top in blunting the new ball and making a decent enough score. His replacement could either make or break and if he fails ponting will suffer.

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 7, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    This just brings down the average likability index of an Australian cricketer! Sachin too had to forego many playing opportunities because of injuries.

  • The_Lethal_1 on December 7, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    This is the time to re-energize the batting line-up. Bring in Phil Hughes and Shaun Marsh to open and send Shane Watson down to number 6 where he will be able to rest more and contribute more than 50's. Any thoughts?

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  • The_Lethal_1 on December 7, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    This is the time to re-energize the batting line-up. Bring in Phil Hughes and Shaun Marsh to open and send Shane Watson down to number 6 where he will be able to rest more and contribute more than 50's. Any thoughts?

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 7, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    This just brings down the average likability index of an Australian cricketer! Sachin too had to forego many playing opportunities because of injuries.

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Congrats to ENGLAND on a job well done. Australia have their work cut out. Without Katich their frontline batsmen will be more vulnerable. Katich usually bats for a long period and was very handy at the top in blunting the new ball and making a decent enough score. His replacement could either make or break and if he fails ponting will suffer.

  • BringBackPeterToohey on December 7, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Yes, Hughes or Khawaja would have the front-running given their NSW caps. Actually, if you're currently playing in Randwick-Petersham's 3rd XI in Sydney Grade cricket you're also a big show for a call-up.

  • kazam_razaq on December 7, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    it is a very good thing for AUSSIES as sooner or later Ponting,Hussey and Katich need replacements and AUSSIES are already suffering bcoz not 1,not a whole lot retired together bring in two openers and bring Shane watson in the middle as his conversion rate is poor.AUSSIES need HAYDEN/SLATER/LANGER type of opening pair but hteir bowling is the weak link also now bring back HAURITZ.

  • smudgeon on December 7, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    I feel sorry for Katich, hopefully he recovers soon enough. I reckon Khawaja & Hughes could both be up for a game in Perth. Given the schemozzle in Adelaide, we might finally see the axe fall on North, which should pave the way for Khawaja to find a spot in the middle order. However, that means we lose our team's best spinner!

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Yes, that's right Victorians, start complaining. Only 2 NSWelshmen mentioned as possibles. I'll start things off..."What about HODGE?!"

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Bad luck for Katich and for Australia. He was a reliable bat at the top of the order and reliable bats aren't a feature of this Australian side. An achilles injury at 35 likely spells the end of his test career. He seems like a good guy and I wish him all the best.

  • MinusZero on December 7, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    I would not be surprise if Katich retires, it was possible at the completion of the Ashes that he would anyway. Step up Mr Hughes, show us what you are made of...but I still hope England win

  • kool_Indian on December 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Good Luck Simon...you are one of the few guys in aussie lineup who look genuine, humble and doesnt throw any tantrums - Hope you recover soon...!