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Cricketer Simon Katich retires from playing first-class cricket in his home country.

Joanne Roque     on 12 Jun 11:14 am     Cricket     184   0  

Katich ended his career in Australia, the Hampshire batsman’s international career ended in some acrimony in 2011 when selectors decided not to renew his central contract despite his impressive form - has not said whether he will continue playing first-class cricket in England at the end of his current deal.

The 36-year-old is currently playing county cricket for Hampshire, but had been plying his trade in the Sheffield Shield with New South Wales.

A statement released by Cricket Australia read: "Simon Katich wishes to advise that he has decided to retire from first-class cricket in Australia.

"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."

Katich has played 247 first-class matches, scoring 19,667 runs and 54 hundreds.

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