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Simon Katich
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Simon Katich

Australia|Batter
Simon Katich

INTL CAREER: 2001 - 2010

Full Name

Simon Mathew Katich

Born

August 21, 1975, Middle Swan, Western Australia

Age

45y 307d

Nicknames

Kat

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm wrist spin

Playing Role

Batter

Height

1.82 m

TEAMS

With an unconventional style and a get-your-gloves-dirty approach, Simon Katich proves you don't have to be fashionable to be successful. His walk-across-the-stumps technique isn't as crabby as Shivnarine Chanderpaul's, and he is scrawny next to Matthew Hayden and Shane Watson, but Katich has been a must-have man at the top of Australia's order in the second stage of his career.

In phase one, which began with a Test debut in 2001 and included a spot in the 2005 Ashes loss, Katich was overly intense. Learning to enjoy his job was central to the stunning revival from seemingly washed up domestic batsman to respected Test player. Rather than trying to prove anything to the Australia selectors who cut his national contract in 2007, he conceded he was struggling and deserved to be dropped. The 2007-08 season was the turning point, with his 1506 Pura Cup runs for New South Wales earning him another chance in a baggy green. The fun continued when he quickly became a national fixture with six hundreds in 16 matches, even though he was playing out of position.

Katich is capable of batting at two paces: he can nudge, leave and work the ball across his body for hours; or release free-flowing drives through cover, cuts behind point or heavy pulls. The method depends on the situation and how he feels, with his body language usually giving away the mood. An accomplished leader of New South Wales, he has plenty to offer tactically, although he is expected to be too old to be a serious contender as the next Test captain. While his left-arm wrist-spin is under-valued by Ricky Ponting - Katich also says bowling aggravates his shoulder - his runs are always appreciated.
Peter English

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test56996418815745.03848349.3610254909390
ODI454251324107*35.78192668.74191384130
T20I320693934.5047146.80008220
FC266448522092630652.84581112270
List A253238277550136*35.787601150
T201181011924837530.281961126.6101025149470
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test56251039635216/656/9030.233.6649.40010
ODI45------------
T20I3------------
FC266642937781077/13035.303.5260.0030
List A253938868253/213/2134.725.5537.50000
T20118318290---9.66-000
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Virat Kohli has a chat with head coach Simon Katich
AB de Villiers keeps an eye on the Royal Challengers Bangalore training session with head coach Simon Katich
Simon Katich and Mike Hesson strike a pose
Dwayne Bravo talks to Simon Katich
Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich and Mumbai Indians head coach Ricky Ponting have a chat
Simon Katich has taken up a post at the GWS Giants Football Club