Originally Posted by Top_Cat
Not at all. Barely bowled for NSW this season or last and he was the captain last season so had plenty of opportunity to bowl himself, concentrating more on his batting. When he was getting a regular bowl for Aus, he was also taking wickets for NSW and getting plenty of the ball so to bowl him in recent series' with so few match overs under his belt would be stupid.
As far as the Tests go, he's just not an option right now and that Rick Ponting hasn't bowled him very much for a while says a lot about where his bowling is at.
So Ponting's assessment is end of everything? DWTA.
Katich underbowling himself in Shield Competition has merits, as he wants to prove himself worthy of test selection and batting is his specialisation. But the legend has his bowling merits, and is better used for say 10-12 overs, instead of Clarke doing the spinner's duties wholly. He's miles better than "Me too can roll me arms" Hussey.