Katich focused ahead of the Ashes

Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 13:21 [IST]
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'Age not the factor': Katich

Australian batsman Simon Katich will celebrate his 35th birthday tomorrow and incidentally half of Australia's batting line-up will be 35 or above, but Katich believes age factor does not really count.

Captain Ricky Ponting will be just a month shy of 36 when the first Test against England begins at Brisbane's Gabba in late November while Mike Hussey turned 35 in May.

"I was trying to hold on to 34 as long as I could," Katich said as according to The Australian.

Katich is focused ahead of the Ashes and is hoping to help Australia win back the prized trophy this summer. He dismissed age being a factor, despite Australia's batting line-up being significantly older than England's.

"There's a fair bit being made of that and you can't hide from the fact that there are going to be three of us over 35 in the top four or five," Katich said.

"From my point of view I know I'm older but at the same time I'm as hungry as I've ever been, I'm enjoying playing cricket again and my attitude has been the same for the last two or three years.

"I'm just really pleased with each Test I get to play so I don't look too far in front. But at the same time I'm not going to think 'just because I'm 35 it's over' because the last three years of my career have been the best. As soon as you start assuming things because of your age you start worrying about the wrong things.

"I figure if I'm still playing well age shouldn't be a factor."


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