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'If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys', says 'dumped' Katich

June 11, 2011 - Melbourne

Australian opening batsman Simon Katich has criticized the "inconsistent" policies of Cricket Australia (CA)'s selection panel.

It comes after Katich was dumped from the latest CA list of 25 contracted players.

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys," The Age quoted Katich, as saying.

Slamming his dismissal as "absolutely ridiculous", Katich said that it was time CA employed full-time selectors who are made accountable for their decisions.

Katich said the naming of a 17-man squad on the eve of the Ashes had a destabilizing influence on the Australian team, which was crushed 3-1 by England earlier this year.

He said there were several players who were left uncertain about their short-term futures.

"I've got no doubt that it did and I'm sure there'll be other players in the team saying the same thing because you've got so many guys looking over their shoulder about whether they would play or not," Katich said.

"If you were to compare it to how England prepared, they were settled, they played the same team in all their warm-up games and no surprise that they had a very good campaign."

"There needs to be more consistency. The facts are, a week or two before the Ashes, a squad of 17 was named. In my opinion, if you can't know what your best 11 is a week or so before our biggest Test series that we play, before the Ashes, that to me reeks of indecision," he added.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch had earlier said that Katich had been a fantastic player for Australia and a key and successful member of the Test team in recent years.

"However, amongst other matters, the panel felt it was the right time now to start blooding our next opening partnership in preparation for the Ashes two years from now," Hilditch had said.

"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," he had added.


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