Sydney: Aug 17, 2013
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh believes that the current Australian team is counting the cost of disregarding the services of Simon Katich before his time and allowing Michael Hussey to retire at his peak. But Waugh said it was too late to recall Katich in the Australian scheme of things.
”The one player we lost too early was Simon Katich — I don’t know what happened there but that was crazy when he was taken out of the side,” Waugh was quoted saying to the Sydney Morning Herald.
”You need tough Test match cricketers and we’ve seen that with [Peter] Siddle, [Ryan] Harris and [Chris] Rogers … Test matches don’t get won with five or six flamboyant players who look fantastic. You can have a couple of those in the side, but you need blokes who can get through the tough times and also constantly exert pressure over a long period of time and win Tests.
Australia are currently trailing 3-0 in the on going Ashes and have one final chance to get the combination right at the Oval Test starting from August 21.
Waugh said that he wouldn’t pick Katich for the home series against England because according to the former Australian captain the team has moved on. He said that it would be a backward step to select Katich as it would send out a wrong message to the current players those who are trying to get into the side.
What happens in a year’s time when he’s 39 and fails once or twice and the call goes out he’s too old and drop him? You’re back to where you were,”said Waugh.