Former Australia opening batsmen Simon Katich has announced that he has played his last game of first class cricket on home soil and, test legend, Mark Waugh, has spoken out in praise of one of his former teammates.
Katich, 36, made his test debut in England in 2001. Mark Waugh was also a member of that touring party and he said this of his former teammate; "He's got a very good record both at first-class and Test level at the top of the order, so he should be remembered as one of our best players."
Katich played 56 Tests for Australia, scoring 4188 runs at an average of 45.03 and he was an integral part of an extremely successful side before recently falling out of favour with the Aussie selectors; "He was definitely unlucky. I don't think he should have got dropped. His record was better than a few of the guys that were in that team ahead of him” Waugh said. "I think it was his age and maybe because he's unfashionable, maybe that's the reason he did get dropped” he added.
"If you go purely on statistics he should not have got dropped when he did, he was our most consistent player at the top of the order and his previous couple of years were outstanding" he concluded.
Australia head to England this summer for five one day internationals with the threat of industrial action by players still a reality. Katich, who scored 1324 runs in 45 one day internationals, is now plying his trade in the English County game with Hampshire and, given the current chaos, his steady hand at the top of the order may well have been welcomed by his former teammates.
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