Batsman Simon Katich desperate for Hampshire success

Simon Katich

Australian batsman Simon Katich says he is desperate for success at Hampshire as he returns to the county for his fourth season at the Ageas Bowl.

Katich, 36, spent three summers at Hants between 2003 and 2005 - but played just four matches in their promotion season of 2004.

But he is yet to win anything at Hants - something he is keen to rectify.

"I haven't been part of a winning team so it would be nice to change that," Katich told BBC Radio Solent.

Katich was left off Cricket Australia's list of 25 centrally contracted players last year and he admits his time as an international player is all but over.

He says he intends to throw himself wholeheartedly into Hampshire's season as they look to win promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

"It's going to be pretty different to get back into the Australia set-up," he said.

"When I was dropped about a year ago I'd been performing pretty well so it's going to be very difficult at the age of 36.

"I'm at the stage of my career where I know I am no spring chicken, but I am very experienced and hopefully I can bring a bit of that to the table while also performing and scoring a few runs.

"It helps when you are here for the whole season from a playing point of view and for the benefit of the team.

"It's always exciting this time of the season and it would be nice to repay Hants for the faith they have shown in me."

Katich credits his season with Hampshire in 2003 as a key reason for his return to the Australia set-up and he says he wants to help the county's young squad and repay the opportunity they have given him.

"The emphasis here is on youth, so that makes me feel old, but I am old and this is a great opportunity for me to repay the faith they showed me in 2003 when I played the whole season here," he added.

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