A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Simon Katich retires from first-class cricket

Katich will always be remembered as one of the greatest opening batsmen Australia ever had

Former Australian opening batsman Simon Katich has announced his retirement from first-class cricket in his home town’s domestic circuit.

The 36-year-old Katich is currently playing for Hampshire in the England county division, but had been looking to represent New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.

Katich, whose international career came to a shocking end after Cricket Australia refused to give him a contract, even though he was in excellent form, has not given any indication on whether he plans to continue playing in the England county division when his current contract comes to an end.

The former opening batsman also has a contract to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, and is expected to represent them in the domestic Twenty20 tournament.

A statement released by Cricket Australia read: “Simon Katich wishes to advise that he has decided to retire from first-class cricket in Australia. The WACA and Cricket NSW have provided wonderful cricketing environments and amazing opportunities for Simon to play under great coaches, with terrific players and surrounded by dedicated support staff. He wishes to thank them all for the camaraderie and support over the last 16 years and for the chance to play in winning teams. With a young family and a desire for an extended time at home, Simon has decided it is time to reassess his priorities.”

Katich, played in 247 matches throughout his first-class career, scoring 7077 runs with 54 hundreds to his name as well.

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