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Katich, Simon M
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Middle Swan, WA
Test: 2001 - 2010
ODI: 2001 - 2006
T20: 2005 - 2006
First Class: 1996 - 2013
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Simon Katich: Re-born opener clashed with Clarke 

Katich, Simon M

Simon Katich was born on August 21, 1975 in Middle Swan, Western Australia.

He was a gritty left-handed opening batsman and part-time left-arm unorthodox spin bowler. 

Katich made his Test debut on the 2001 Ashes tour of England. He had a poor making only 15 and 0 after replacing the injured Steve Waugh. In only his second match he bowled for the first time in Test cricket, and in the second innings took 6/65 in the 2nd innings against Zimbabwe in Sydney in 2002.

After Steve Waugh's retirement in 2004, Katich established himself in the Australian middle order. His best Test batting performance came against India at Sydney in January 2004, when his 125 and unbeaten 77 saved Australia the Test, series, and a decade long unbeaten record at home.

Despite this, he was dropped in favor of Andrew Symonds for Australia's next Test in Sri Lanka. After Symonds was dropped after the first two Tests, Katich was picked for the third Test and made a patient 86. He regained his place and enjoyed a good Test series in India in October 2004, where he made good scores of 81 and 99. His good form continued with 118 against New Zealand in March 2005.

After poor Ashes tour of England in 2005 and failing in the following two Tests against the ICC World XI and the West Indies, he was dropped from the Test side. 

Katich was recalled to the tour of the West Indies in 2008 and, from then till his latest Test, against England at Adelaide in December, 2010, he scored eight of his 10 Test centuries, and 17 fifties, nearly 3000 runs, at an average over 50.

On the Australian tour of India in 2008, Katich found himself opening the batting after injury to Phil Jaques. The repeated failures of his opening partner, Matt Hayden, increased the pressure on Katich. Katich has been criticised for his slow scoring but was considered to have helped solidify the Australian batting.

In 2009, Katich and Clarke were involved in a heated confrontation after Australia had beaten South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The heated spat resulted from Clarke’s desire for the team song to be sung so he could leave to attend a separate function. Katich later admitted to grabbing Clarke by the throat.

Despite boasting a Test batting average of 45.03 and performing consistently, Katich was controversially dumped from the Australian side in 2011 as a result of the fallout with Clarke who had taken over the captaincy.

In 2012, Katich retired from first class cricket after an international career that spanned 56 Tests, 45 ODIs and three T20Is. He continued to lead the Perth Scorchers in the BBL until he quit in 2014.

Source: CricketCrowd Staff Reporter  

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