Australia Profiles > Simon Katich
- Date of Birth: 21.08.1975
- Domestic Team: New South Wales
- Bats: Left-hand
- Bowls: Left arm wrist spin
A batsman who is more substance than style, Katich has experienced plenty of highs and lows in an international career that can be split into two halves.
The left-hander started out as a middle-order batsman who eventually found a permanent spot at six for Australia - only to lose that after a tough Ashes series in England in 2005.
However, the setback only spurred Katich on and he made sure another opportunity came his way by being prolific for New South Wales, his second state side.
He had started out with Western Australia, quickly forging himself a reputation as a consistent scorer only for a bout of chicken pox to deny him a Test debut in Sri Lanka.
Eventually his first appearance came on the 2001 Ashes tour but he had to wait another two years to become a regular choice up until the next trip to England.
Troubled throughout by reverse swing and the angle of delivery from right-armers coming around the wicket, the 35-year-old was dropped after the first Test back on home soil against the West Indies.
It would take him three years and a record-breaking domestic summer to earn a recall, though this time he returned at the top of the order with great effect.
Since the third Test of the 2009 Ashes in England, Shane Watson has been his partner against the new ball and the duo have an impressive average opening stand of 56.5 in 24 innings, including three partnerships in excess of 130.
As well as his batting talents, Katich - who has played for no less than four different English counties - will also offer captain Ricky Ponting an extra option with his occasional left-arm chinamen (he boasts Test best figures of 6-65).
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||2001 - 2010|
|5 Wicket Innings:||1|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||6/65|
|Career Span:||2004 - 2006|
|No bowling stats|
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