Perth, Jun 12: Former Australian Test opening batsman Simon Katich has announced his retirement from first class cricket, on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old left-hander, played 56 Tests and 45 ODIs for Australia. He scored 19,667 runs in 247 first class games for New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA). He has 4,188 Test runs with 10 centuries.
Katich made his first class debut in 1996-97 season and played his first Test against England in 2001 Ashes series. His last Test was in 2010, against same opponents in Adelaide.
Katich, however, will continue to play in county cricket in England. He will also turn up for Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 later this year.
"Simon Katich wishes to advise that he has decided to retire from First Class Cricket in Australia. Simon is currently enjoying playing with Hampshire in the English county season and is committed to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 in October," a Cricket Australia (CA) statement said on Tuesday.
"The WACA and Cricket NSW have provided wonderful cricketing environments and amazing opportunities for Simon to play under great coaches, with terrific players and surrounded by dedicated support staff. He wishes to thank them all for the camaraderie and support over the last 16 years and for the chance to play in winning teams.
"With a young family and a desire for an extended time at home, Simon has decided it is time to reassess his priorities," the CA statement added.
"Simon's contribution to New South Wales cricket was quite simply outstanding," Cricket New South Wales chairman Harry Harinath said in his reaction to Australian media.
"Not only was he a superb batsman, with a state and international record to rival the best, but he was a brilliant leader who was respected by all who played with him," he said.