Simon Katich must be scratching his head. Katich is Australia’s second premier batsman behind Shane Watson. Over the last three years, he has been the most reliant top order batsman in the world. While Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke have been inconsistent and scratchy at best, Katich has thrived in Australia’s mediocrity. Yet this week, the Australian selectors in all their wisdom, denied Katich a contract.
The direction that the selectors are taking is improved. Youth is good. Yes. But please. Get on the right road.
Mike Hussey should count himself lucky. Besides a three test burst of form, Hussey’s performances have been insipid. His three test burst of strong performances in the 2010-2011 Ashes series was largely due to ill-directed bowling from the English. The English attack bowled a short line and gave too much width to Hussey. However, in the fourth and fifth tests, the English straightened their line and importantly bowled a fuller length. As a result, he struggled to score. He entered the Test arena with fluency and a seemingly flawless technique. Currently, in his declining years, he has assumed the ‘battling’ tag. How Hussey gets another Cricket Australia contract is beyond bewilderment.
The Australian team need a few wise heads to surround the inexperienced youth. Yet, Australia don’t need two veterans clogging up the middle order. Ponting at three and Hussey at five. It makes more sense to have Ponting at three and Katich assuming the opening position. Having these two wise-heads at the top of the order will protect Australia’s middle order and at the same time, this will not deny youngsters’ development in the middle order.
Katich rightly slammed the selectors after hearing his fate. He is of the old school where flashiness takes back seat to hard work. The Australian selectors are promoting Phil Hughes. The opposite to Simon Katich.
Once again the Australian selectors blunder. Until someone outside of the Cricket Australia family comes in to shake things up, Australian cricket will be stuck in mediocrity.