Axed Australian opener, Simon Katich, is not giving up his fight or his anger over being omitted. Once more, he has taken the cudgels up, this time against the Australian captain, Michael Clarke, for which Cricket Australia is keen to take action.
Simon Katich, fighting alongside Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey to keep his place in the Australian team, found to his shock and dismay that he was not awarded the central contract, this despite being one of the most defiant players in the transient Australian team and their top scorer for three years. His omission from Test cricket at a time when Australia are yet to find a consistent opener to partner Shane Watson has only further fuelled the fire.
Katich has been one of the lone fighting rangers in the Australian team and he believes he has been unfairly given the axe even while he has been at the top of his game. In that light, the war between Katich and Cricket Australia has barely simmered down. And he was at it, igniting it once more only for Cricket Australia to initiate a quick disciplinary hearing into Katich’s comments, directed at the present Australian captain. Katich and Michael Clarke do not share the warmest of emotions. That is because Katich and Clarke were believed to have got into a physical match after a Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground back in 2009 when Katich was apparently miffed that Clarke showed little patience for the team to sing their team song with Clarke’s then girlfriend, Lara Bingle, alleged to have the reason for Clarke’s impatience.
Katich did not hold back in the press conference now when he alluded that Clarke may have exercised his powers as a result of that incident. Katich virtually confirmed that there would be no comeback for him in the Australian dressing room while Clarke was in business with Australian cricket as the captain. That Clarke now has selection powers as well has meant that Katich feels that those in his favour have been outnumbered by the skipper’s voice.
The comments and the alluding to that incident a couple of years back has unsettled Cricket Australia, particularly at a time when Australian cricket is beginning to find its feet once more. Terming Katich’s comments as derogatory in public, Cricket Australia is expected to initiate action against the furious Katich.
Katich though has had some of his team mates empathizing with his conditions including fellow opener, Watson, as well former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who himself is now playing only as a batsman for Australia. The war though between Katich and Australian cricket does not seem to be dying down easy.