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'Unfortunate' Katich simply a victim of circumstances: Waugh

June 8, 2011 - Melbourne

Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh is shocked over Cricket Australia's decision to overlook Simon Katich for a central contract, and said that the veteran opener still had plenty to offer.

Katich, 35, was on Tuesday a surprise omission from Cricket Australia's list of 25 centrally contracted players, a decision that will effectively end his Test career.

The left-hander has averaged over 50 since returning to the international fold three years ago and during that period, only England opener Alistair Cook has scored more runs at Test level.

Waugh said Katich was unfortunate to miss out and was simply a victim of circumstances.

"Given his record it's got to be seen as a bit of a shock to everybody. I know he's 35, but who's to say he hasn't got a good 12 months to 24 months left in him? It's a bit of a shock for sure," Waugh told

"There are three or four circumstances that have come together and unfortunately he's had to pay the price. There are three guys over 35 in the top six; Mike Hussey, Ricky Ponting and Katich. Obviously that's got a lot to do with it and the selectors don't want three players leaving at the same time.

"But who's to say Hussey won't be there in two years or Ponting or Katich? They might not go at the same time. There might be 12 months separating them when they do go," Waugh said.

Waugh further said that age shouldn't have been a factor in the decision to cut Katich loose, and added that as long as the veteran trio of Ponting, Hussey and Katich were scoring runs, they remained amongst the best six batsmen in Australia.


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