Personal Information

Full NameSimon Mathew Katich
BornAugust 21, 1975 Middle Swan, Western Australia
Age48 Years, 3 Months, 21 Days
National SideAustralia
Batting StyleLeft Handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox



Man of the Match

TestODIT20World CupCL

Career Information

Teams PlayedAustralia, Australia A, Derbyshire, Durham, Hampshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Kings XI Punjab, Western Australia, New South Wales, Perth Scorchers, Duronto Rajshahi
Career Span

Simon Mathew Katich Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

569964188157 v WI1025490945.0349.36390
454251324107* v SL19138435.7868.74130
3206939 v SA008234.50146.8020
1111124175 v DC0225824.10129.5720
1914228953 v DE0125624.08106.6460

Bowling Performance

25173.121635216/65 v ZIM2130.233.6649.47

Simon Mathew Katich Profile

He may not be elegant or a dasher but what he lacks in talent, Simon Katich more than makes up with his determination. Of Croatian descent, Katich made his debut for Western Australia in the 1996-97 season and the following year, played a major role in his team’s Sheffield Shield success - scoring 1039 runs. He has also plied his trade for New South Wales, as well as represented certain English counties.

The year 2001 marked Katich’s Test debut in Australia’s Ashes tour to England. He failed to impress and was dropped, but made a spectacular return in 2003 against Zimbabwe with a half-century and figures of 6 for 65. Katich’s best performance, however, came against India in the fourth Test at Sydney in the ‘Border- Gavaskar’ Trophy, where his 125 and 77* in the second innings proved pivotal in Australia’s escape from a certain series defeat. He consequently opened in ODIs but was criticized for his slow scoring rate. Even after being handed numerous chances, ‘Kat’ did not do much to justify the possibility of his inclusion in Australia’s ODI set-up.

However, the hardworking batsman made a comeback in Tests with renewed vigour and since the summer of 2008, averaged above 50. Equally adept in batting at the top or in the middle-order, Katich was also one of Australia’s better players of spin bowling. A good cutter of the ball, he had a tendency to shuffle back and across the stumps to make room on the leg side. In 2011, Katich was shockingly denied a Cricket Australia contract, which signaled the near end of his career. The following year, he announced his retirement from first-class cricket. However, he returned to play Twenty20 cricket with the Perth Scorchers, going into the Big Bash League and the Champions LeagueT20.