Katich all set to retain Test place

October 2nd, 2008 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Oct 2 (IANS) Simon Katich can be the surprise selection in the Australian team for the first Test against India after he was preferred over Phil Jaques for the four-day match against India Board President XI.Katich, 33, was in fine touch in West Indies this year, amassing 319 runs at 63.80, with two centuries.

He along with Jaques had opened the innings in the Caribbean tour when Matthew Hayden was injured.

But Katich’s handy left-arm wrist-spin gives him an edge over Jaques to retain his place at the top of the order, reports Herald Sun.

Also, Katich top-scored with 73 off 105 balls with 10 boundaries against the Rajasthan Academy in Jaipur last weekend while Jacques was unable to play because of a stiff back. He though was declared fit for this tour match.

Jaques had a modest home series against India last summer, averaging 34.71, although it would have been more prosperous had he been able to build on three half-centuries.

Moreover , the absence of the suspended Andrew Symonds has forced Australia to look for other part-time spinning options, and Katich provides this

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