Simon Matthew Katich
(born 21 August 1975, Middle Swan, Western Australia
) is an Australian cricketer
. He is the captain of the New South Wales Blues
, and also captained, up until the end of the 2007 season, Derbyshire County Cricket Club
. He has also played for the Indian Premier League
team, Kings XI Punjab
He is a left-handed opening batsman
and part-time left-arm unorthodox spin
bowler. He played 56 matches for Australia
from 2001 to 2011.
Katich 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.
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
and subsequent health problems. 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. He later switched from Western Australia to New South Wales
where he currently lives.
Katich made his Test debut on 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... Read More