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Perth Scorchers re-sign Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey

The Perth Scorchers have re-signed Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey as they strive to go one better in the 2012-13 T20 Big Bash League competition.

North returns as Captain of the Scorchers, and he will be joined again this summer by long-time friends and team mates Katich and Hussey.

North and Katich were key members of the team which qualified for the inaugural Big Bash League, which enabled the Scorchers to claim a place in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa.

In the inaugural BBL, North scored 273 runs at an average of 39, which included two half centuries, and his strike was 120.26 runs per 100 balls.

Katich batted only six times during the inaugural Big Bash League but he enjoyed a strike rate of 128.78.

Commitments with the Australian Test team restricted Hussey to just one outing with the Scorchers in inaugural Big Bash League.

Head Coach Lachlan Stevens says he is pleased to have three proud Scorchers lining up with the team again this summer.

“It is great to have the skipper back on board. Marcus is one of the most tactically astute players in the game today, and to have him involved in the planning and strategic direction of the team was very important to us,” Stevens said.

“Last year Marcus showed how valuable he was at the top of the order, holding us together in a few difficult periods and lighting up The Furnace on a couple of occasions. He demonstrated that even senior players can add some new tricks to their repertoire.

“I’m delighted that the only time we will see Simon Katich at top level cricket this summer it will be under the Perth Scorchers banner. The strength of character and tactical awareness that he provides helped to make us such a competitive side last year. He adds massive value on and off the field and we can’t wait to see him back.

“Mike Hussey represents everything that is positive about Western Australian cricket, so to have him as part of the Scorchers line-up was a big priority for us, and we are very pleased that he chose to remain in the orange this season.

“We may not see Mike day in, day out, but merely having him as part of our squad is a huge benefit to every member of the team, from the senior players to our core of younger guys. Like Simon, the example he sets both on and off the field can’t be underestimated.”

North, Katich and Hussey join Brad Hogg in the Scorchers’ squad for the second edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, which commences in December.

Simon Katich retires from first class cricket in Australia

Former Australian batsmen Simon Katich has retired from first class cricket in Australia.

Katich announced his retirement from England where he is playing with Hampshire in the English county season.

Katich also announced that he is committed to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 in October.

With a young family and a desire for an extended time at home, Simon has decided it is time to reassess his priorities.

A statement from his management said; “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.”

Katich had a superb career for New South Wales, joining the State in season 2002-03, and representing the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues for ten seasons.

After starting his career with Western Australia, Katich was tremendously successful as both a leader and batsman, for his adopted State.

Katich, represented the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues in 58 First Class matches, scoring 5309 runs at an average of 61.73, including 15 centuries.

Katich also played 56 List A Limited Overs matches for New South Wales, scoring 1846 runs at the superb average of 40.13.

However, it was in the Twenty20 format that Katich had one of his finest moments for the State, leading the side to victory in the inaugural Champions League tournament in India in 2009.

Katich was instrumental in helping the side reach the tournament with excellent performances in the KFC Big Bash that season and led the side with distinction in the pressurised environment of India to help New South Wales take out the Tournament, and a first prize of US $ 2.5 million.

Katich also had a superb Australian career representing his country in 56 Test matches, where he scored 4188 runs at the average of 45.03, including 10 centuries.

In addition he played 45 One-Day International matches and 3 T20 Internationals for his country.

Katich also took valuable wickets with his left-arm wrist spin, including 21 Test wickets at an average of 30.23. This included a career-best 6-65 against Zimbabwe at the SCG in October, 2003.

Cricket New South Wales Chairman Dr Harry Harinath was effusive in his praise of a player admired by everyone in the New South Wales system.

“Simon’s contribution to New South Wales cricket was quite simply outstanding,” he said.

“In his ten years with our State he brought a passion, dedication and commitment that was admired by everybody.

“Not only was he a superb batsman, with a State and International record to rival the best, but he was a brilliant leader who was respected by all that played with him.

“He will be a tremendous loss to the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues, both as a player and a man.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for everything that he has contributed to cricket within this State.”

Perth Scorchers Sign Paul Collingwood

The Perth Scorchers signed former England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood as their second overseas recruit for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League. He joins former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs in Perth.

Paul has been in good form for County side Durham in their recent Twenty20 matches. It has also been just over a year since Collingwood led England to the 2010 ICC World T20 title in the West Indies.

Perth Scorchers Head Coach Mickey Arthur says: “I stated last week that overseas recruits need to bring outstanding qualities, and Paul Collingwood is another who offers so much to our set-up.

“Paul is a brilliant leader of men who helped mould his country’s T20 side into an exciting and ruthless combination, which culminated in their triumph over Australia in the final of last year’s World T20 in Barbados. Being the first skipper to lead England to victory at an ICC men’s event was a massive feather in his cap.

“Paul is a gutsy and determined batsman who can lift the scoring rate with his attacking stroke play, he is a proven wicket-taker with the ball and is first class in the field. I am thrilled to welcome him as our second overseas signing”.

Mark Cameron, Nathan Rimmington and Luke Ronchi have all been added to a squad that already contains North, Katich, Adam Voges, Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh.

Arthur said, “It is very pleasing to have a proud Perth boy in Luke Ronchi behind the stumps for the Scorchers. His swashbuckling efforts will greatly bolster our batting line-up, but he also offers us sure hands with the gloves as one of the nation’s best wicket-keepers.

“We set out to recruit Nathan Rimmington because his ability to bowl at the death will be a tremendous asset for the Scorchers and I also expect him to get us some late runs with his power hitting down the order. Nathan is another tough competitor and that sort of character and experience will be invaluable.

“Mark’s raw pace will be called on to shake up opposing batsmen throughout the KFC T20 Big Bash League and I am looking forward to seeing him perform in front of the Perth Scorchers fans on the fast WACA Ground wicket.

“We are close to finalising our inaugural squad and look forward to more exciting announcements very soon.”

With the addition of Collingwood, Ronchi, Rimmington and Cameron, the Perth Scorchers have now signed 13 players which include Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Herschelle Gibbs, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Tom Beaton and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Cricket Australia Contracts Announced

Cricket Australia today announced its list of 25-contracted players for the next 12 months as chosen by the National Selection Panel (NSP).

The 2011-12 Cricket Australia contracted players are

  • Doug Bollinger – NSW – 29
  • Michael Clarke – NSW – 30
  • Patrick Cummins – NSW – 18
  • Xavier Doherty – TAS – 28
  • Callum Ferguson – SA – 26
  • Brad Haddin – NSW – 33
  • Ryan Harris – QLD – 31
  • John Hastings – VIC – 25
  • Nathan Hauritz – NSW – 29
  • Ben Hilfenhaus – TAS – 28
  • Phillip Hughes – NSW – 22
  • David Hussey – VIC – 33
  • Michael Hussey – WA – 36
  • Mitchell Johnson – WA – 29
  • Usman Khawaja – NSW – 24
  • Jason Krejza – TAS – 28
  • Brett Lee – NSW – 34
  • Shaun Marsh – WA – 27
  • Tim Paine – TAS – 26
  • James Pattinson – VIC – 21
  • Ricky Ponting – TAS – 36
  • Peter Siddle – VIC – 26
  • Steven Smith – NSW – 22
  • Shane Watson – NSW – 29
  • Cameron White – VIC – 27

Added to the 25-player contracted list for 2011-12 are Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, John Hastings, David Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Jason Krejza and James Pattinson.

Doherty, Hastings, Hussey, Khawaja and Krejza ended 2010-11 as contracted players after earning sufficient upgrade points while Cummins and Pattinson have been awarded contracts for the first time.

Departing the list is James Hopes, Simon Katich, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Marcus North, Shaun Tait and Adam Voges who did not have their contracts renewed for 2011-12.

The NSP nominate the 25 players based on the following criteria:

  • The form of the players over the past 12 months; and
  • Their likelihood of Australian selection over the next 12 months taking into account the formats of cricket Australia plays, balance of the side and the need to ensure the future development of the Test and limited overs teams.

Commenting on the CA contract list for 2011-12, NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said:

“The next 12 months is a very important period in Australian cricket. It will undoubtedly be a tough and demanding period as we play three of the world’s top four Test nations during away series against Sri Lanka and South Africa and home series against New Zealand and India.

“However we see it as a very exciting opportunity to commence regaining Australia’s leading position in world cricket.

“The NSP is very pleased with the list which sees a blend of experienced, proven international players together with the best young talent in the country who we are sure is ready for the challenges ahead.

“The NSP has added two exciting young fast bowling talents to the list in James Pattinson and Patrick Cummins. James has tasted international cricket and we see him as a young man of immense talent who is made of the right stuff to succeed at the higher level. Patrick Cummins is an exceptional talent who has impressed with his opportunities to date for New South Wales and it will be very exciting to watch his progress.

“Two spinners are added to the contract list in Xavier Doherty and Jason Krezja. Jason has previously enjoyed success at Test level and recently was a member of our ICC Cricket World Cup squad. Xavier has been doing a very good job for Australia, particularly at one-day level and both are looking forward to the opportunity to play more international cricket.

“John Hastings has been awarded his first contract after playing very well in limited opportunities in our one-day team while David Hussey has again received a contract after impacting in our Twenty20 side and playing well in his one opportunity during the recent quarter-final match against India in the Cricket World Cup.

“The list also includes some of our best young batting talent with Shaun Marsh, Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja all receiving contracts. Usman receives his first full contract after debuting in the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG and we see him as a very important player for the future of Australian cricket.

“Several players have unfortunately not been offered contracts this year. The most notable of those is Simon Katich. Simon has been a fantastic player for Australia and a key and successful member of the Test team in recent years. However, amongst other matters, the NSP felt it was the right time now to start blooding our next opening partnership in preparation for the Ashes two years from now. The opening partnership is critical to the success of any team and takes time to develop the necessary experience at international level. We feel it is important this change is made now as we prepare for the challenges ahead.”

“While some difficult decisions have been made, the NSP is very excited by the list chosen and in particular the addition of youth from both batting and bowling disciplines. We are confident these young players, in combination with our established senior players, will play a key role in ensuring Australian cricket returns to its rightful position as a leader in world cricket over the coming years.”

Katich a doubt for Aussies

England could be handed a boost heading into the opening Test match starting later this month, with the news that Aussie opener Simon Katich has broken his thumb and could be a doubt to be fit in time.

Simon Katich

The batsman suffered the injury before the recent tour of India, although the initial diagnosis was only bruising so Katich played through the pain as Australia suffered a 2-0 series defeat. The injury restricted Katich to just 110 runs in his four innings and while it won’t require surgery it will still need to be rested if he has any hope of taking part in the Brisbane Test.

Cricket betting pundits note that the opener made his debut for the Aussie’s in the 2001 Ashes tour of England and followed that with sporadic runs in the Test side before becoming a regular at the top of the order following the retirement of Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden two and a half years ago. His solid batting and added ability to bowl a few decent overs of left arm spin have made Katich an integral part of Ricky Ponting’s side.

If Katich does miss the opening Test, then young Phillip Hughes could earn a recall to Australia’s Test side. After exploding on to the Test scene last year, the 21 year old went through a nightmare spell during the 2009 Ashes and was dropped from the team.

Over the past couple of years, Katich has built a successful opening partnership with Shane Watson. The mix of Katich’s methodical style with Watson’s attacking mindset has proven to be a dangerous mix on more than one occasion. His record at Test level is one England would probably rather not have to face, in his 31 Tests, Katich has scored 2,631 runs at an impressive average of around the 50 mark.

During that time the batsman has hit eight centuries along with 16 half centuries and has earned a reputation for being one of the hardest batsmen to get out. As well as his thoughtful approach, Katich possesses a wide portfolio of shots and when he gets into his stride it is worth placing a cricket free bet that the left-hander can build big innings.

Simon Katich’s summer double celebration – kid plus the Ashes

Australian opener Simon Katich is planning a double celebration this summer, with the arrival of his first child.

The new arrival is scheduled for the week after the Ashes.

Katich and wife Georgie discovered she was pregnant before Australia’s Test series against Pakistan, which finished 1-1 with Katich Australia’s leading run-scorer and the only Australian batsman to average over 45.

“I haven’t looked at an end date, the last couple of years have probably been my best. I don’t want to say, ”Geez, this could be all over in a year or two years.” Who knows? I just want to keep enjoying playing cricket,” The Age quoted him, as saying.

“It’s hard to say because I haven’t spoken to Ricky or Michael about that situation. That’s their business. They probably know what they’re thinking. I don’t know whether they’ve got the same opinion as me but I’ve really enjoyed being back in the team these last two years. I’ve cherished every opportunity,” he added.

“I’ve just really enjoyed these last couple of years, taking it Test by Test, trying to play every Test as if it’s my last, and I think that’s really helped me go out there and enjoy it and relax and be consistent,” he said. (ANI)

Playing in India is big test for Oz players: Katich

Opener Simon Katich has said that the Australian team faces a big challenge in the upcoming Test series against World No.1 India, as several newcomers in the team are yet to play senior cricket in the subcontinent.

Katich and paceman Doug Bollinger on Monday returned home after the drawn two-Test series against Pakistan in England.

The two-Test series in India will be quickly followed by the Ashes defence back home, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Katich, the only Australian batsman to average over 40 against Pakistan, said it would be a very tough series against the Indians.

“We do have obviously quite a few young guys stepping into Test cricket now who haven’t played in India before, so that will be a test for them, but it’s going to be a good challenge,” Katich said.

He believes Australia’s two newest Test players, all-rounder Steve Smith and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, were brilliant against Pakistan and felt each had a bright future.

Katich acknowledged that pacers Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Bollinger weren’t at their best against the Pakistanis.

“I guess the guys probably would have been a little bit disappointed, but they were all trying and you can’t fault their efforts. They all put in and tried their hardest, it just didn’t happen,” he said. (ANI)