Katich relishing Lord's date
Simon Katich insists Australia will still feel the special atmosphere of playing at Lord's when they face Pakistan.
Last Updated: 09/07/10 11:37am
Simon Katich insists Australia will still feel the special atmosphere of playing at Lord's when they face Pakistan at cricket's headquarters next week.
Although the Aussies will not be feeling the heat of an Ashes battle at Lord's, walking out at the North London venue will still be a special event for the team.
The Aussies will not have recent good memories of Lord's as almost exactly a year ago they lost by 115 runs in the second Ashes Test as England went on to claim back the urn with a 2-1 series win.
Ricky Ponting's men will now be playing Pakistan with Lord's as a neutral venue, but playing at the ground will still be a big occasion.
"Any time you get the opportunity to play there, whether it's a county game or a Test match, it's a very special venue and we are really looking forward to be able to play there again," he said.
"We are fortunate that the schedule allows us to play there so although it's not an Ashes Test it's still a Test match for Australia and we know Pakistan is going to be a good series so playing at Lord's is a bonus.
"It's always something you would like to get ticked off in your career, first to play at Lord's and then to be able to get on the honours board, so from that point of view I'm sure there will be a few guys trying to put their hands up for that.
"There's no doubt there will be some guys making their debuts next week and it can be a daunting place to play at.
"In an Ashes series it's probably different because you've got the pro-English crowd but there's no doubt it can be an intimidating place to play but it's also a special place to play so hopefully the guys will lap it up and enjoy it as much as anything."
Katich made only 22 runs in Asutralia's two-day warm-up at Derby, but Ponting and Mike Hussey hit form with centuries while wicketkeeper Tim Paine made an unbeaten 52.
"That was a good hit-out, most of the guys had a good stint out in the middle," Katich said.
"It's just getting used to facing red balls again because the boys have basically been facing white ones for the last month."
But Katich admitted he would have like more preparation before going into a Test series.
"I honestly don't know why we are playing a two-day match, but obviously there's a reason for it," he admitted.
"It must be the schedule because it's the first time I've been on a tour where we haven't played at least one, if not two, four-day matches before the Test series."