Katich ready to take on England

October 26th, 2010 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Oct 26 (IANS) Australian opener Simon Katich, whose Ashes plans suffered a setback after he fractured his thumb in India this month, will not go for a surgery and be available for the series against England.

The 35-year-old hopes to be fit for New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting Nov 10. The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane Nov 25.

“The specialist said there was no point having surgery because I’d be out for some time. So we just have to see how it settles down,” Katich told the Australian.

“It definitely hindered me during the first Test in Mohali. I felt like I was batting one-handed. It felt better in the second Test but the big problem was it affected my preparation. I had to stop hitting balls.”

Katich has enjoyed a rich run of form since his return as an opening batsman two and a half years ago. He has scored 2,831 runs at 52.48 in 31 Tests, with eight centuries and 16 half-centuries.

Australia are also waiting to see the fitness of Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris.

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