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Dumped Katich hopeful for Aussie cricket

Dumped Test batsman Simon Katich hopes Australian cricket will benefit from the recommendations of the recent review into the game but doubts changes to the selection panel will alter his situation.
Opening batsman Katich 36, was dropped from the list of Cricket Australia’s contracted players earlier this year despite being one of the team’s most consistent performers. Ironically since his dumping most of the selection panel, including chairman Andrew Hilditch, have now stood down with a restructured panel recommended by the review.

Katich isn’t convinced the changes would necessarily lead to the resurrection of his 56-Test career. “I haven’t read too much into that to be honest because I’ve got to go out there and perform this season for NSW and that’s all my focus is at this point in time,” Katich told reporters on Thursday.

“Who’s in charge I don’t think is going to make too much difference to my situation.” Katich, who was damning of the previous system in a candid press conference, said it was good that the report had recommended changes as everyone realised some issues needed to be addressed.

“Everyone has sort of been speaking about it for a long time and I guess now hopefully the right people will be in the right spots and things will look up for Australian cricket,” Katich said. A two-month preparation for the competition and doting on his eight-month son have limited Katich’s chances to watch Australia’s Test series in Sri Lanka.

“I’ve seen what’s been going on over there, but I obviously don’t want to torture myself as well,” said Katich whose last Test appearance was against England in Adelaide nine months ago. Katich will on Friday lead NSW to India for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, a competition the Blues won in 2010.

Katich said NSW, who will take 11 internationals to India, had a nice balance of youth and experience for their Champions League campaign. They have however lost established stars Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger and Brad Haddin to Indian teams.

“They are big losses. Last time we were there Brett and Doug played huge roles for us so, it’s going to be hard to replace (them),” Katich said. “But in saying that it’s giving young guys like (pacemen) Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Starc an opportunity to show what they can do on the world stage.

“You’ve got to start well in that tournament because there’s not many opportunities to lose games and still get through to the semis.” NSW have been placed in a group with defending champions Chennai, another Indian side Mumbai, South Africa’s Cape Cobras and one qualifier to be determined. South Australia, who beat NSW in last summer’s domestic T20 final, have been drawn in the other group alongside India’s Bangalore, South Africa’s Warriors and two qualifiers.

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