As expected Simon Katich was not amused at being left out of the central contracts awarded by the Australian selectors. Katich initiated a press conference in which he lashed out at the Australian selectors, drawing attention to their erroneous ways, particularly during the Ashes. Cricket Australia though plan not to trouble Katich though.
The otherwise quietly gritty opener unleashed a barrage of criticism against the Australian selectors for not awarding him a contract amongst the twenty-five chosen Australian cricketers. Citing the decision as ridiculous on the part of the selectors, Katich brought focus back on the selectors who have been facing the heat for some time over Australian cricket’s poor results.
Katich slammed the decision and refused to believe that his age alone could rule him out of contention for staying on the Australian cricket team. He is certainly not of the opinion that the twenty-five players mentioned necessarily deserved to be on the list because he reiterated a point from the past when the Australian selectors appeared clueless about the team to field in the first Ashes Test, naming seventeen Australian cricketers in a provisional squad. Katich refused to acknowledge the fact that Australia had cricketers coming through capable of holding the opening slot, something he felt was one of the brightest points in the present Australian situation and rightly so, given that Katich and Shane Watson have been the glue at the top.
To further shed light on the selectors’ bungling ways, Katich cited the case of the trial of one spinner after another but without method or planning, resulting in several cricketers tried out since Shane Warne quit international cricket. Katich acknowledged though that while the decision was not a bolt out of the blue, it was something he knew the feeling of, being discarded in 2005 before he worked with Bob Simpson on improving his game, and also, alleged that there were more Australian cricketers worthy of being in the Australian national cricket team but denied similar opportunities by the selectors. He was alluding to the selectors and their pay when he stated,
‘when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys’.
Katich’s words were hard hitting, compelling and filled with evidence of the selectors’ past blunders. Even as there is outrage over the decisions being made by Andrew Hilditch and his men, comments like these from cricketers are usually death knell for their cricketers. However, Cricket Australia has empathy for one of the most prolific Test match run getters in the game in recent times and is keeping the door open for a back door entry.
Katich, however, is not throwing away his cricket gear in anger. He plans to stick to the New South Wales Blues in the domestic Shield cricket tournament because of the faith reposed in him unlike in the Australian cricket where he felt the selectors dealt a cruel blow merely because he could not play on during the Ashes with a broken thumb and the Achilles problem which ruled him out of the rest of the Ashes which Australia eventually lost, for a second time in a row and third time under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy.