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KATICH EARNS OFFER OF A WACA RETURN.

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SIMON KATICH has finally caught the eye of the selectors - the Western Australia ones!

The Lancashire overseas ace retired from four-day and one-day cricket Down Under approximately 14 months ago, but opted to continue playing Twenty20 cricket for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash.

But his stunning form for the Red Rose has prompted Warriors coach Justin Langer to get in touch and ask him to return to WA on a fulltime basis, a state he left to play for New South Wales in 2002.

The 37-year-old lefthander is the Red Rose county's leading run-scorer in the Championship with 936 runs from 10 matches, including two centuries, a double hundred and five fifties. There were even calls for him to be recalled to Australia's squad for the first time since December, 2010.

Katich has recently resigned to captain the Scorchers for this winter's Big Bash campaign.

"Sadly, he could have played 80 or 90 Tests by now," said state coach Justin Langer. "It just didn't work out for him. He's certainly one guy I'd play alongside any day of the week.

"I've even text him a few times during this incredible run of form he's having to see if he wants to play for the Warriors next season. The Australian cricket team might not want him, but I'd have him any day of the week.

"I think he's content. He's happy playing for Lancashire and the Scorchers as well as having his family to consider.

"He's tough, a brilliant player, and he's so well respected. You always talk about having strong leadership in your side, and Simon brings all of that."

Lancashire play a 50-over friendly against Bangladesh A at Emirates Old Trafford tomorrow (10.45am).

Meanwhile, the LCCC Foundation are hosting their first summer school at Old Trafford this week in partnership with The Tutor Trust and Stretford High School.

And former Lancashire batsman Stuart Law has been named the new coach of Queensland and the Brisbane Heat Twenty20 team, replacing Darren Lehmann.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Aug 10, 2013
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