Katich lashes selectors and bats on


Simon Katich hit out at selectors and Cricket Australia as he vowed Friday to bat on after the contentious loss of his Test contract for next season.
The 56-Test veteran was stunned to be told Tuesday that he was cut from Cricket Australia’s 25-man list of contracted players for the 2011-12 season, despite being one of the country’s most consistent performers.
Katich called a press conference in Sydney but instead of what was anticipated to be the announcement of his retirement, the 35-year-old opening batsman said he would continue playing for his New South Wales state side.
The no-frills left-hander did not miss the opportunity to castigate the selection panel and the governing body for their part in what he called an “absolutely ridiculous” situation.
Katich, who has averaged 48 in Tests over the last three years and 45 throughout his career since 2001, ripped into what he said were the inconsistent selection policies of chairman Andrew Hilditch and his panel. “It certainly didn’t come as a total shock on Tuesday, only because I know how they operate. I’ve been through this situation before,” said Katich, who was told he was finished when he was dropped in 2008, only to fight his way back into the Australian team.
“I guess it was particularly disappointing because of the reason that was given,” he said. “To be told that it’s because the opening partnership needs to be bedded down for 2013 (Ashes) when I know for a fact that Watto (Shane Watson) and I thoroughly enjoyed opening together and it’s been one of the bright spots of our team in the last two years.
“I find it very hard to believe that and as a result the system at the moment is not only just affecting me but it has also affected a number of other players.”