I was going to write a post here about who I would have sacked before Katich. Then it got serious. Then it got wordy. Then I uploaded it at Spin.
After I wrote it, I went and listened to Simon Katich’s 20 minute press conference.
Katich speaks far more eloquently than he ever batted. However, like his batting, it’s the counter attacking that is what’s best about this.
When he says, “I know how they operate” that’s a dig at Cricket Australia being cowardly, opportunistic and slimey, but he doesn’t call them any of that. It’s subtle, but far better than any of his awkward nudges to the legside.
Then he says that Sachin Tendulkar was written off a few years ago by one of our selectors. Wow. Grag Chappell is now in hospital getting Katich’s foot removed from his ass.
There’s obviously more on the selectors, because he has just been dropped and he is clever and articulate enough to savage them quite well. Because it’s on the selectors where this could come off as a what about me douchjuice, that he doesn’t is a work of art, 17 men squad, part timers and the spinning carousel make this a wonderful effort. The way he spreads the love so it’s not just about him as a work of art.
You could imagine some players with Katich’s past coming out and stating that Michael Clarke was involved because of the old sing sing choke choke situation from a few years ago. Katich could have used that, but no, he’d rather deflect that and let others think about it.
I don’t agree with everything he says, especially when it’s that Australian cricket selection has always been about performance at shield level. That wasn’t the case for Steve Waugh, Ian Healy, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath or Michael Clarke’s selection who were all picked on potential.
But that’s the good thing, you can disagree with his points and be of the opinion that he should have been dropped, but you can’t argue that he has exposed Cricket Australia’s lower points that they often pretend aren’t a problem.
King James Sutherland has already disagreed with some of this, but you can’t spin what Katich has said, because the people are on his side and in his press conference he didn’t make the mistakes that most players do.
People have called his comments angry, and they are, but this isn’t some rant, the man sounds calm and calculated, which is like how he batted, and all of this make his comments all the more trustworthy.
Cricket Australia have been cut open beautifully by Katich, which is ironic, but he never played a beautiful shot on the field.