Katich presses for Australian selection with masterly ton

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Sydney: Ashes tourist Simon Katich pressed for Australian Test selection with a classy 131 as Western Australia deluged New South Wales with runs on the second day of their Sheffield Shield cricket match on Saturday.
Chairman of Test selectors Trevor Hohns was among the observers of Katich's 235- minute stay, which helped WA reach 511 for six at stumps for a first-innings lead of 296 runs. Opener Mike Hussey lent support with 100 as WA set itself for a push for victory over the concluding two days. Katich played the fourth Test against England at Headingley last August when captain Steve Waugh was sidelined by a torn left calf muscle, making 15 runs. WA will leapfrog NSW into second place on the competition standings if it wins this match outright, which now seems certain unless rain intervenes. In Melbourne, Victoria beat South Australia by nine wickets on the third day of their game. South Australia was dismissed for 303, Ben Higgins top scoring with 58, and left Victoria with 128 runs for outright victory. Jason Arnberger led the way with an unbeaten 70 with fellow opener Matthew Elliott hitting 45 to get Victoria maximum points for the loss of Elliott's wicket.

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