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Simon Matthew Katich (born 21 August 1975) is an Australian cricket coach and former cricketer. He captained New South Wales and also, until the end of the 2007 season, Derbyshire County Cricket Club.[1] Katich also played for Lancashire, represented his birth state of Western Australia and played in Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab.

Simon Katich
Personal information
Full nameSimon Mathew Katich
Born (1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 43)
Middle Swan, Western Australia
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm wrist-spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 384)16 August 2001 v England
Last Test3 December 2010 v England
ODI debut (cap 143)21 January 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI24 September 2006 v West Indies
Domestic team information
1995/96–2001/02Western Australia
2002/03–2011/12New South Wales
2008–2009Kings XI Punjab
2011/12–2012/14Perth Scorchers
2012/13Duronto Rajshahi
2013/14Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 56 45 266 253
Runs scored 4,188 1,324 20,926 7,550
Batting average 45.03 35.78 52.84 35.78
100s/50s 10/25 1/9 58/111 7/60
Top score 157 107* 306 136*
Balls bowled 1,039 6,429 938
Wickets 21 107 25
Bowling average 30.23 35.30 34.72
5 wickets in innings 1 3 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/65 7/130 3/21
Catches/stumpings 39/– 13/– 227/– 115/–
Source: CricketArchive, 12 May 2019

He played primarily as a left-handed opening batsman and part-time left-arm unorthodox spin bowler. He played 56 Test matches for Australia from 2001 to 2011. On 12 June 2012 Katich retired from first-class cricket in Australia,[2] but returned to play for Western Australia in 2013.[3]

Katich is currently serving as the Football Operations Manager of the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club.[4] He is also a commentator for ABC Radio Grandstand[5] and the Seven Network.


Early careerEdit

Katich was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1996.[6] and made his debut for the Western Australia state team in the 1996–97 season. The following season he was a central figure in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield success, scoring an impressive 1,039 first-class runs for the season.[7]

International selectionEdit

He was selected to tour Sri Lanka with the national team the following season but suffered greatly from illness, including a debilitating bout of chicken pox.[8]

However, he recovered to contribute further for his state, highlighted in the 2000–01 domestic season where he helped himself to 1,282 first-class runs.[citation needed] He later switched from Western Australia to New South Wales where he currently lives.

Katich made his Test debut in the fourth Test of the 2001 Ashes tour of England. He failed to capitalize making only 15 and was not out 0. In only his second match he bowled for the first time in Test cricket, and in the second innings took 6/65 in the 2nd innings against Zimbabwe in Sydney.

Following Steve Waugh's retirement in 2004, Katich established himself in the Australian team. His best Test batting performance came against India at Sydney in January 2004, when his 125 and unbeaten 77 saved Australia the Test, series, and a decade long unbeaten record at home. Despite this, he was dropped in favour of Andrew Symonds for Australia's next Test, in Sri Lanka, when Symonds was dropped after the first two Tests, Katich was picked for the third Test and made a patient 86. He regained his place and enjoyed a good Test series in India in October 2004, where he made good scores of 81 and 99. His good form continued with 118 against New Zealand in March 2005.[citation needed]

However, he had a poor Ashes tour of England later that year batting at number 6,[8] and after scoring only two runs in the following two Tests (against the ICC World XI and the West Indies), he was dropped from the Test side. Katich was fined for showing dissent during the fourth Test to umpire Aleem Dar along with captain Ricky Ponting.[9]

Since the commencement of the 2005–06 season, Katich attempted to cement his place in the Australian one day cricket side, having lost his Test place. Australia persisted with him throughout the VB Series and in South Africa, as Katich scored runs fairly consistently. However, he struggled in the DLF Cup in September 2006; the next month he lost his place at the top of the order to Shane Watson, who impressed Ponting[citation needed] with some attacking displays against the West Indies and an Indian state team. Katich was not picked in the 15 man squad to play in the World Cup in the West Indies. Katich played a total of 45 One day Internationals.

Selected for the 2008 Australian team's tour of India he found himself opening the batting with the injury to Phil Jaques.

He retained his spot for the home series against New Zealand. In the first Test, at the Gabba, Brisbane, he made 10 in the first innings (in which Australia was all out for 214 on a tough batting deck). However, in the second innings, Katich carried his bat through the innings; the first cricketer to do so at Test level since Mark Taylor in the late 90's. He made 131 not out, 48.88% of Australia's total of 268, in an innings in which the next highest score was 31 (by Mitchell Johnson batting at no. 10). Katich's batting allowed Australia to post a victory target of 327, which it ultimately defended.

Katich fielding at short leg in a Test match against India in October 2010.

Katich was selected for the 2009 tour to England and he played in all five Ashes Tests, scoring 341 runs in 8 innings at an average of 42.62. Katich opened the batting with Phillip Hughes for the first two Tests at Cardiff and Lord's but Hughes was dropped for the Third Test at Edgbaston due to poor form, so Katich was then partnered by Shane Watson for the final three Tests. This proved successful as Watson and Katich scored more runs at the top of the order than the previous Hughes-Katich combination. Katich scored his eighth Test century in the First Test with 122. This was backed up later in the series with a half century. Katich scored these runs at a strike rate of 53.87.[citation needed] He also took six catches in the field and effected two direct hit run outs in the Fifth Test.

2007–08 domestic seasonEdit

The 2007–08 domestic season could only be described as a triumph for Katich. He scored 1,506 runs to break Michael Bevan's all-time Pura Cup/Sheffield Shield record for runs in a season[10] as NSW romped home undefeated to claim their 45th title. Aside from being given the honour of captaining NSW in the Pura Cup final against Victoria, Katich also contributed scores of 86 and 92 to lead the match on run aggregate[11] as he had done for the season overall. He was also crowned the Pura Cup player of the year for his 1506 runs at an average of 94.12.[12] The highlight of Katich's season was undoubtedly his 306 against QLD at the SCG, an innings in which the last 200 runs came at better than a run a ball. It was the first time since Sir Donald Bradman that a player had scored 300 at the SCG, and an innings which the Sydney Morning Herald called "superb".[13] Peter Roebuck later claimed Katich should be the Australian cricket captain after Ricky Ponting came under fire during the January 2008 SCG Test.[14] During the coverage of the final, Damien Fleming described Katich as a left-handed V. V. S. Laxman for his dominant bottom hand and willingness to hit through the on-side.[citation needed] Katich's season culminated with his recall to the national side for May tour of the West Indies. He cemented his place in the Test team with scores of 113 and 157 in the second and third Tests respectively.

For his performances in 2010, he was named in the World Test XI by the ICC [15].

Coaching careerEdit

In October 2015,[16] Katich was appointed as the assistant coach for Kolkata Knight Riders.

2011 selection controversyEdit

In the middle of the 2010/11 Ashes series between Australia and England, Katich injured his Achilles tendon and was ruled out for the remainder of the series. In mid-2011 the Cricket Australia Selection Panel did not grant Katich a new international contract despite Katich being one of the most consistent batsmen in the team. At the time he was dropped, Katich had an average as an opening batsman of 50.48 runs.[17] The selectors claimed that they were planning for the future but Katich has claimed that new Australian captain, Michael Clarke, was behind his test axing due to a scuffle after a Test match between Clarke and Katich in the SCG dressing rooms. Former Test Cricket bowler, Brett Lee, claimed in his autobiography that "If you don't get on with Katich, you're a pretty ordinary bloke."[citation needed] Katich was given a lot of support following his axing and he said at the start of the 2011/12 Sheffield Shield season that he would score 1,000 runs in the season. Katich started strongly, hitting two centuries in his first three matches but he struggled with fitness towards the end of the season, finishing with 483 runs at an average of 43.9.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Katich attended Trinity College in Perth, Western Australia, where there is a cricket pavilion named after him.[18] He married Georgie Willis in May 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce[19] from the University of Western Australia.[20] He has anosmia, which was caused by an attack of glandular fever.[citation needed]

Katich is of Croatian descent. His father's parents were born in Croatia and emigrated to Australia in the 1920s, eventually settling in Perth.[21] His father, Vince, was a police detective who helped play a part in the capture of serial killers David and Catherine Birnie.[22]

Katich and his wife Georgie became parents in 2011 when their son was born.[23]

Katich is Catholic and is quoted as saying, "My faith gives me a focus in how I lead my life and go about my cricket."[24]

Career highlightsEdit


Test debut: vs England, Leeds, 2001

  • Katich's best Test batting score of 157 was made against West Indies, 2008
  • His best Test bowling figures of 6 wickets for 65 runs came against Zimbabwe, Sydney, 2003–04
  • Katich became the first Australian batsman since Mark Taylor in 1998 to carry his bat through a completed Test innings, notching 131 not out at the Gabba in 2008–09 vs New Zealand.
  • Made ten Test match centuries, the first against India at Sydney in 2004. His highest Test match score of 157 runs was made again st the West Indies in 2008 at the Kensington Oval

One-day internationalsEdit

ODI Debut: vs Zimbabwe, Melbourne, 2000–01

  • Katich's best ODI batting score of 107* was made against Sri Lanka, the Gabba, on 14 February 2006.


He captained New South Wales to victory in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in 2010.


He scored 306 for New South Wales against Queensland in Sydney, 2007


  1. ^ Katich leaves Derbyshire
  2. ^ "Simon Katich retires from first-class game". 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ Simon Katich returns for Western Australia with 67 but Victoria wins, Fast-finishing Tasmania beats Bulls - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  4. ^ "Coaching Staff". Greater Western Sydney Giants. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
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  6. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002.
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  10. ^ Katich breaks run-scoring record FOX Sports News, 17 March 2008
  11. ^ South Wales v Victoria, Pura Cup Final Scorecard
  12. ^ Katich crowned Pura Cup Player of the Year, 13 March 2008
  13. ^ This puts a Katich among the pigeons Sydney Morning Herald 29 October 2007
  14. ^ The skipper for a storm Sydney Morning Herald 12 January 2008
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  16. ^ "Simon Katich named KKR assistant coach". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  17. ^ HowSTAT! Test Cricket - Highest Batting Average for Each Batting Position
  18. ^ "TC name Simon Katich Pavilion". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
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  20. ^ Australian Test cricketer Simon Katich visits UWA campus
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  22. ^ "Katich and Hodge play straight bat". 30 November 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
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  24. ^ Archived 4 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Graeme Welch
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Rikki Clarke