Cricketer Katich announces Australian retirement

Australian batsman Simon Katich on Tuesday announced his retirement from first-class cricket in Australia, citing family reasons.

Katich, 36, is currently playing with Hampshire in the English county season and is committed to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 in October.

But he was axed from the Australian team after the 2010-2011 home Ashes series defeat to England and was stripped of the New South Wales captaincy last year in the Sheffield Shield competition.

Katich released a statement through Cricket Australia saying personal factors were the main reason for his retirement.

"With a young family and a desire for an extended time at home, Simon has decided it is time to reassess his priorities," the statement said.

Katich, a left-handed top-order batsman, played 56 Tests from 2001 to his last appearance against England in Adelaide in December 2010.

He scored 4,188 Test runs at an average of 45.03 with 10 centuries, and made 44 one-day international appearances for 1,324 runs at 35.78.

His demotion from the Test team was highly controversial and his tense relationship with Australian skipper Michael Clarke was played out heavily in the media.

Katich began his Sheffield Shield career with Western Australia but joined New South Wales in the 2002-03 season and went on to score a total of 8,807 runs for the two states in 104 matches at 55.39, with 26 centuries.

He was at his best during the 2007-2008 domestic season, not only captaining NSW to their 45th Sheffield Shield title but receiving the Player of the Year Award with a record-breaking 1,506 runs at an average of 94.12.

In the same season Katich became the first man since Sir Donald Bradman to score 300 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, making 306 off 461 balls against Queensland.

"Simon Katich retires from Australian first-class cricket as not only one of our great players, but also one of our most respected," Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh said.

"His on-field achievements speak for themselves and as an ACA executive member, Simon's contribution to the players' collective cause has been outstanding."

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mostly up, Philippines rises on financials

    May 5 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday, bucking the regional trend on slowing growth in China, while Philippine shares hit a more than one-week high, led by financials. The ... …

  • China says Philippines violating South China Sea code

    China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China's own construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea, and from building new structures that would complicate disputes. In a statement released just before …

  • NCCA plans to conduct mapping of Pag-Asa Island
    NCCA plans to conduct mapping of Pag-Asa Island

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) plans to send researchers to conduct a cultural mapping of Pag-Asa Island, which is part of Philippine-held territories in the disputed Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea. Harold Rentoria, NCCA committee on cultural heritage commissioner, admitted that since two years ago they have been thinking of going to Pag-Asa Island for their cultural mapping project. Cultural mapping is part of the NCCA program Taoid – the Ilocano word for …

  • No CNN interview for senators in ‘pork’ scam
    No CNN interview for senators in ‘pork’ scam

    Cable News Network (CNN) Philippines has been denied a chance to interview detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada, a Sandiganbayan justice said yesterday. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang told The STAR CNN’s request for an interview with the lawmakers, who are being held without bail at Camp Crame, will not be allowed as such may violate a rule preventing parties to an ongoing trial from discussing the merits of the case. CNN Philippines had …

  • Tropical depression intensifies into storm
    Tropical depression intensifies into storm

    The tropical depression expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday has intensified into a storm, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Noul, which will be locally named Dodong once it enters the Philippines, packed winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. …

  • PNP to car buyers: Demand LTO plates
    PNP to car buyers: Demand LTO plates

    Those who plan to buy new cars should make sure their car dealers give them their Land Transportation Office plates as soon as possible to avoid being targeted by car thieves, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday. Senior Superintendent Arnold Gunnacao, director of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG), said car theft syndicates are particularly interested in stealing brand new sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with conduction stickers serving as temporary license plates. …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mixed; Indonesia and Philippines end losing streak

    JAKARTA, May 4 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets traded mixed on Monday with stocks in Indonesia and Philippines rebounding after a recent bout of weakness. The Indonesian stock index closed up ... …

  • 2 coast guard men, village chief, abducted in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police say gunmen clad in military uniform have abducted two Philippine coast guard personnel and a village chief on a southern island then sped away in two motorboats. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options