Perth: Australian Test batsman Simon Katich is set to play for English county side Yorkshire for three weeks at the start of the new season as a replacement for Australian Darren Lehmann, it was reported on Wednesday.
Katich, 26, had been approached by Yorkshire coach Wayne Clark, the former coach of Western Australia, after South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis confirmed he would not be available, The West Australian said. Lehmann and Kallis will both be involved in a seven-match One-day series between the two countries starting at the end of this week. Lehmann, from South Australia, will be Yorkshire's regular skipper this season, but will not be available to start duties until after Australia's program in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Katich is needed to appear in a string of One-day games for Yorkshire late April and early May. Katich, a punishing left-hander, played with Durham in 2000 and appeared for Australia in last year's Headingley Test during the Ashes series. During the Durham stint, he made 1,089 runs at an average of 43.56, hitting centuries against Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire. In the absence of Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer - on international duty - Katich has skippered Western Australia during the 2001-2002 Sheffield Shield season. Although he has had a modest summer (585 first-class runs at an average of just over 34), he is still seen as a likely regular member of the Australian Test line-up in the near future.
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