Great news! Hamshire have signed Simon Katich to join Shane Warne in as overseas players for 2003!! Man we're gonna tear up county cricket this summer.
KATICH SIGNS FOR HAMPSHIRE
Ralph Dellor - 17 December 2002
Simon Katich, the 27 year-old Australian left-handed batsman and left-arm
wrist spinner, will be Hampshire's second overseas player next season after
signing a one-year contract. Shane Warne will captain the county providing
he recovers from his shoulder dislocation sustained in the one-day
international against England on Sunday, but Katich should prove to be a
very useful addition to his resources.
It was during the 1998/99 Australian season that Katich really emerged with
statistics to confirm his rich promise when he scored 1,039 runs in the
Sheffield Shield, including 115 in the final, to help Western Australia take
the title. This earned him selection to tour Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe with the
national side, but he went down with chicken pox while away and took some
time to rid himself of the virus.
He made an immediate impact when he played for Durham in the summer of 2000,
scoring a thousand runs at an average in excess of 40 and, following another
very successful season in Australia, was selected for the Ashes tour in
England in 2001. He made his Test debut at Headingley when captain Steve
Waugh was injured, and the following winter made his one-day international
debut for Australia.
A product of the Australian academy, he moved from his native Western
Australia to New South Wales for the current Australian season and took
three wickets to rip out England's middle order in the one-day match at
Sydney prior to the start of the VB Series. He played in one first-class
match for Yorkshire last season and three limited-overs games when Darren
Lehmann was called away on national duty.
Hampshire's director of cricket, Tim Tremlett, said: "We're delighted to
have signed a player of Simon's calibre. He is familiar with English
conditions and is very highly regarded.
"Obviously the county is hoping he doesn't do a John Crawley and get into
the national side after signing for us," he added.
His first-class career to date sees his batting average standing at an
impressive 48.31, with 16 hundreds, while in one-day cricket he averages