Simon Katich is a former international cricketer, who largely played as an opener in Test cricket for the Australian national team. Born on August 21, 1975 in Middle Swan, Western Australia, he went on to represent his team in 1996-97.
He played 56 tests and 45 ODIs between 2001 and 2010.
Katich made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Queensland in 1996-97 where he made 65 not out in the second innings.
He made his Test debut in 2001 against England at Headingley. He scored 15 in the first innings, and was unbeaten without opening his account in the second, as England defeated Australia by six wickets.
He made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Melbourne in 2001, but didn’t get to bat, as Australia cruised to a victory.
Rise to glory
His contract with Australia was annulled in 2007 because of his poor performance in past few matches but the same year became a turning point in his career when he made 1506 Pura Cup runs for New South Wales. He came back into the Australian side, and became an important player for them, scoring six hundreds in 16 matches.
He played well initially during the start of his career but his performance started deteriorating sometime after 2003 and because of his poor performance he was dropped from the national side. .
Apart from playing for Australia, Katich has played for New South Wales, Lancashire, and the Perth Scorchers in the 2011 Big Bash League.
He even played for Kings XI Punjab in 2008 and 2009 IPL.
Simon Katich retired from all forms of cricket in 2014. After announcing his retirement in 2014 he did not play for Champions League T20 which was scheduled to happen later that year.