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Indvs Aus: Katich impressed with competitive series

Katich credited the sportsman spirit that was shown by both the teams in the series.

By Anshuman Roy -

The recently concluded Test series has been a very competitive one amidst all the controversies surrounding both teams. At the end of it all, India came out victorious but not before Australia threw some serious challenge throughout the series.

Former Australian cricketer and present KKR assistant coach Simon Katich said that whatever the outcome of the series, the series will be remembered for the kind of cricket that was played in the series.

"Emotions get heated and players do get carried away, but you would like to think that it was a fantastic cricket series and that's what it will be remembered for," Katich told reporters after KKR's practice session ahead of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens.
The southpaw, who has played 56 Tests for his country scoring 4,188 runs, heaped praise on the Australian side for their spirited show despite being a young side.

"It was a fantastic cricket series. I was fortunate to be there in the first two Tests. I thought Australia played really well. They are a young team and put up a lot of fight but unfortunately they fell on the final hurdle," he said.

Meanwhile Simon Katich has joined the KKR squad and the Knight Riders also did their first warm up session under him. Skipper Gautam Gambhir was seen batting in the nets for long on his first day here, and later was involved in a long conversation with Katich.

Katich had his take on three foreign players from KKR. Firstly he kept his view on Andre Russell who will be missing the season owing to the one year ban he is serving on doping charges.

Katich is banking on Chris Woakes to come good for KKR this season. He hopes that Woakes can pinch in with the role that Russell did for them over the years.

Chris Woakes was picked up in the auction and he has been in very good form for England. Probably he is a different style of player to Andre Russell, but his role with the new ball will be crucial as will be his wicket-taking abilities with the new ball. He is also a very good batsman," he said.

"Chris Lynn will also be in our plans. He has been in good form not only in the Big Bash (League) but in the Caribbean Premier League as well. They are a number of guys we will look at to cover Russell's hole."

Katich also praised Umesh Yadav for his performance in the Test series.

Anshuman Roy

Someone for whom Cricket is more than just a game.