Hampshire eye return of duo

Neil McKenzie is wanted back at Hampshire     Picture: Neil Marshall
Neil McKenzie is wanted back at Hampshire Picture: Neil Marshall
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Simon Katich has been offered a return to Hampshire for the 2013 season.

The former Australia Test star was a key figure at the Ageas Bowl last season and helped the Royals to their double in domestic limited-overs competitions.

The 37-year-old batsman scored 738 Championship runs last term but hinted he had played his last game at Lord’s in the CB40 final.

But Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams confirmed there have been discussions with Katich over a return next season, while he also revealed Neil McKenzie has also been approached to come back.

Adams said: ‘We’re waiting to get some confirmation from both Kat and Macca at the moment.

‘We’ve spoken to them both about coming back next season.

‘Kat has got a few things and other off-the-field opportunities in the mix back home and is looking at that. I think he would like to play another year but it depends how it all fits.

‘We saw Mac when we were out in South Africa. I spoke to him the other day and we’re hopeful we can sort something out.

‘It’s just a case of tying these things down. Until someone puts pen to paper, you can’t be 100-per-cent sure.

‘We’re hopeful they will both be back because they brought a lot to us.’

While there are other options, Adams admits Katich was the ideal recruit simply because he was available all season.

He said: ‘The good thing about Kat was that he was there all season and that is often hard to sort out these days.

‘It tends to work better for those who don’t play in internationals any more. With current internationals, the fixture list makes it very difficult to sort out.

‘There has been some talk about what we might do for an overseas player if Kat can’t commit.

‘It’s a similar situation for the t20 overseas players.

‘Shahid (Afridi) is another one we are looking at for next year’s t20. But we saw this year that things didn’t work out for various reasons.

‘We’re also thinking about Glenn Maxwell. It would be nice to have that bit of continuity from last season.’

Adams also believes his side have learnt from their short Champions League experience.

He said: ‘It was short and not very sweet if I’m honest.

‘But even though it was over quickly, I think a few of us learnt a lot from the experience.’

The club have also launched their membership scheme for the 2013 campaign.

Christmas membership gifts start from £35 for under-16s, £85 for students or £145 for adults.

For more information, visit ageasbowl.com or telephone 0800 197 4404.