Had Simon Katich been born in New Zealand his whole career would make more sense.
An intelligent man with permanent three day growth, a batting technique that is rough on the eyes, some years in the wilderness, a failed career as a wrist spinner, and someone who struggles to convert fittys into hundreds.
Katich is a perpetual struggler.
Even when he is going well.
His career would be perfect for New Zealand, in almost any era.
Without him on the first day of the test Australia would have collapsed for a far more embarrassing total. Again.
Katich is making a habit out of making runs when no one else in the Australian team does. He is like Michael Clarke if Michael Clarke’s technique was burnt in a vat of acid and he had to prove himself in every test.
In a team with one champion and a few great front runners, Katich sticks out.
The only other batsman Australia has who is willing to play ugly is his partner in grime, Michael Hussey.
Since the start of ’09 the Krab has been averaging a very solid 52 while making 3 hundreds and 10 fittys.
In his career, 12 times he has made between 75 and 99, only once was he not out. In that time he has only made 6 scores in the 20s.
These are all important stats. I am not sure what they mean, but whatever they mean, they mean a lot of it.
Katich averages 76 against the kiwis, maybe because he feels a deep spiritual bond with them.
This collapse has continued Australia’s run of getting bowled out at least once per series for less than 250, that run starts at the Bastard Monkey series of 07/08.
That deserves some applause. Ofcourse I could be wrong, I used all my research on Simon Katich.
Dictator Dan took wickets, but the rest of the media might mention that.