Melbourne, Jun 14: Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh felt Simon Katich was quite unlucky as he was dropped from the team despite his good record, a day after the Australian opening batsman announced his retirement from first class cricket.
"He's got a very good record both at first-class and Test level at the top of the order, so he should be remembered as one of our best players," Waugh was quoted as saying by The Age.
Talking about Katich, Waugh said the cricketer was very unlucky as he should have got a chance to play for the country.
"He was definitely unlucky. I don't think he should have got dropped. His record was better than a few of the guys that were in that team ahead of him.
Waugh felt Katich's age probably could have played a role in his axing as he had a good track record in Tests and first class cricket.
"I think it was his age and maybe because he's unfashionable, maybe that's the reason he did get dropped.
Waugh further added saying that Katich deserved a place in the team, as he was impressive and the most consistent player in the top order.
"If you go purely on statistics he should not have got dropped when he did, he was our most consistent player at the top of the order and his previous couple of years were outstanding," he said.
The 36 year old cricketer, has represented Australia in 56 Test matches and 45 ODIs while he has recorded 4188 and 1324 runs in these formats respectively. The left-handed batsman despite his consistent performance was dropped from the Australian side since 2011.