Katich Escapes Suspension
NSW batsman Simon Katich has been reprimanded over his remarks about Clarke in October after being unfairly missing out from their test team.
The day Australia named their new full-time coach, Katich slammed the Clarke and Cricket Australia by scoring a ton in Sheffield Shield Game.
Katich didn't stop there and continued asserting his firm belief that he can't be in international reckoning as long as Clarke is skipper:
"It's pleasing to hear but I think you don't have to be Einstein to figure out that it's not just the selectors that had a part in sending me on my way," Katich said. "I mean to be brutally honest obviously what happened in the dressing room here a few years ago didn't help my cause. And obviously the captain and coach are selectors."
"Just because he [Inverarity] is going to be chairman of selectors or whatever role it is I wouldn't have thought that'd make too much difference."
Katich's relationship with Clarke deteriorated after a dressing room row at the end of the 2009 SCG Test between Australia and South Africa, in which Katich grabbed the then vice-captain by the throat after an argument had developed over when the team song would be sung.
Following the Katich's remarks, immediately Cricket Australia (which was seemingly jolted as reported by press) summoned him for disciplinary committee hearing on November 21, which was rescheduled to yesterday.
After Monday's hearing, Katich softened his tone (as it was inevitable) when asked about his relationship with Clarke.
"We were able to play cricket for a good couple of years there in the same team without it causing any problems, so from my point of view I didn't see any dramas in that respect," Katich said. "I guess I have just been searching for answers as to why I wasn't in the team, given that I felt I'd been performing to a reasonable standard over the last three years."
It's not the first instance of in-fighting and malice in Australian players, who seem to have quite gelled apparently, as the strange exclusion of Bill Lawry, Damien Martyn and Brett Lee injuring the Jason Gillespie during a first-class match, when he was all set for return, by bowling a bouncer have occurred in the past.
Cricket Australia run of bizarre decisions continued when they included Daniel Christian in the Test Squad.
South Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian's excellent luck this year which kicked off by taking Redbacks to the Big Bash Title, included a high auction at IPL and participation in CLT20 continued after being named in the Australian XII for the Hobart Test this Friday.
With Shane Watson on side-lines due to injury and Philip Hughes's poor form continues, it is bit understandable to include Christian, who will be the 2nd indigenous Australian to represent the Australia on Test level after Jason Gillespie.
But it is more the bowling workload which according to selectors and skipper they want to share by including Christian, which makes it very strange call given Christian has dropped in pace lately and over-relies on slow off-cutters, which may be effective in shorter format, but not in the 5-day version where you want raw pace like Pattinson.
Even Christian himself found on the defensive and giving excuses in this regard:
"When you've got a couple of young guys who bowl high 140s in the team, it's not going to be my role to do that."
One would wonder if he can really bowl at 140 if even conferred that role?
( Christian's has taken 10 wickets at 49.70 this summer in Sheffield Shield Trophy.)
Hussey irked by Selectors Experiments
It seems that now players also have got enough of the selectors experiments and want to get things settled. Its Mr Cricket this time who feels that the best place where a set batsman can rest is none else his 22-yard "backyard":
"I think from a batting point of view, if you're playing well you want to keep batting, and if things aren't quite going right, you want to keep playing so you can get that big score."