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Simon Katich

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
Australia, Australia A, Derbyshire, Durham, Hampshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Punjab, Western Australia, New South Wales, Perth Scorchers, Duronto Rajshahi
Roles played:
Batsman
Home country:
Australia
Born:
August 21, 1975, Middle Swan, Western Australia

Profile

He may not be elegant or a dasher but what he lacks in talent, Simon Katich more than makes up with his determination. Of Croatian descent, Katich made his debut for Western Australia in the 1996-97 season and the following year, played a major role in his team’s Sheffield Shield success - scoring 1039 runs. He has also plied his trade for New South Wales, as well as represented certain English counties.

The year 2001 marked Katich’s Test debut in Australia’s Ashes tour to England. He failed to impress and was dropped, but made a spectacular return in 2003 against Zimbabwe with a half-century and figures of 6 for 65. Katich’s best performance, however, came against India in the fourth Test at Sydney in the ‘Border- Gavaskar’ Trophy, where his 125 and 77* in the second innings proved pivotal in Australia’s escape from a certain series defeat. He consequently opened in ODIs but was criticized for his slow scoring rate. Even after being handed numerous chances, ‘Kat’ did not do much to justify the possibility of his inclusion in Australia’s ODI set-up.

However, the hardworking batsman made a comeback in Tests with renewed vigour and since the summer of 2008, averaged above 50. Equally adept in batting at the top or in the middle-order, Katich was also one of Australia’s better players of spin bowling. A good cutter of the ball, he had a tendency to shuffle back and across the stumps to make room on the leg side. In 2011, Katich was shockingly denied a Cricket Australia contract, which signaled the near end of his career. The following year, he announced his retirement from first-class cricket. However, he returned to play Twenty20 cricket with the Perth Scorchers, going into the Big Bash League and the Champions LeagueT20.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 56 99 4188 6 45.03 49.36 10 25 157
ODI 45 42 1324 5 35.78 68.74 1 9 107*
T20 3 2 69 0 34.5 146.80 0 0 39
IPL 11 11 241 1 24.1 129.57 0 2 75
CLT20 19 14 289 2 24.08 106.64 0 1 53
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 56 25 1039 635 21 6/65 / 30.23 3.66 0 1 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 39 0 3
ODI 13 0 2
T20 2 0 0
IPL 2 0 2
CLT20 6 0 3
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
CLT20 15 7 6 1 1 46.67

Career

Span:
Test:
2001-2010
 
ODI:
2001-2006
 
T20:
2005-2006
 
IPL:
2008-2009
 
CLT20:
2009-2013
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs England at Headingley, Leeds - Aug 16, 2001
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Dec 03, 2010
ODI
Debut:
Australia Vs Zimbabwe at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Jan 21, 2001
Last played:
Australia Vs West Indies at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur - Sep 24, 2006
T20
Debut:
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006
IPL
Debut:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Kingsmead, Durban - May 20, 2009
CLT20
Debut:
New South Wales Vs Diamond Eagles at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Perth Scorchers Vs Mumbai at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 02, 2013
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