Simon Matthew Katich is an Australian cricketer. He is the captain of the New South Wales Blues, and also captained, up until the end of the 2007 season, Derbyshire County Cricket Club.He has also played for the Indian Premier League team, Kings XI Punjab. His profile is that of a left-handed opening batsman and part-time left-arm unorthodox spin bowler. Katich was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1996 and made his debut for the Western Australia state team in the 1996–97 season. He was selected to tour Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe with the national team the following season but suffered greatly from illness.Katich made his Test debut on the 2001 Ashes tour of England.He had been sometimes criticised for his slow scoring rate in One Day Internationals, but others believe he was the perfect foil to the aggressive fellow opening batsman Adam Gilchrist. Katich was selected for the 2009 tour to England and he played in all five Ashes Tests, scoring 341 runs in 8 innings at an average of 42.62. Katich scored his eighth Test century in the First Test with 122. The 2007–08 domestic season could only be described as a triumph for Katich. He scored 1,506 runs to break Michael Bevan's all-time Pura Cup/Sheffield Shield record for runs in a season as NSW romped home undefeated to claim their 45th title. The highlight of Katich's season was undoubtedly his 306 against QLD at the SCG, an innings in which the last 200 runs came at better than a run a ball. On 12 June 2012 Katich retired from first class cricket in Australia.