Katich is considered to be one of the greatest batmen Australia ever produced
Former Australian batsman Simon Katich, who recently retired from first class cricket, has been described as a player who won the respect from just about every cricketer for his attitude towards the game.
Katich, who earned his name as the “ultimate professional” in the cricketing community, is likely to be more remembered for his heated dispute with Cricket Australia and current Australian Test captain Michael Clarke.
Katich, represented Australia in 56 Tests before being axed from Cricket Australia’s list of contracted players last year, which officially ended any hope of him getting a recall back into the side.
Young Australian bowling talent Pat Cummins, via his Twitter account, said that it was an “absolute pleasure and privilege” to play with Katich.
Brett Lee, who was Katich’s team-mate for many years and recently retired from all forms of the game, said that he felt honoured “to be a teammate and your presence around the dressing room will be missed.”
Stuart Clark, another former Australian pace bowler and one of Katich’s team-mates, remembers the last Test Katich played, in which he batted and bowled with an Achilles tendon which needed to be surgically repaired, and said: “He did what was needed and he didn’t shirk it. He never turned his back on a tough situation no matter who was bowling or how fast they were bowling, he just went in there and got it done, there was no fuss about it either. He was a no-fuss cricketer. You always knew what you were going to get with Kato and I think that’s why people loved playing with him.”