Katich: It feels like I’m coming home

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Vince relishing ‘second chance’

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Simon Katich is ready to go back to the future after returning to his old stomping ground.

The former Australia Test star has re-established links with Hampshire after signing up as the club’s overseas player for the new campaign.

Simon Katich celebrates a catch against Glamorgan during his first stint at Hampshire (033583-81)

Simon Katich celebrates a catch against Glamorgan during his first stint at Hampshire (033583-81)

After spells in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the 36-year-old batsman knows the place inside out.

But the left-handed batsman revealed he felt he still owed something to his old club after his previous stint helped him regain his international place.

Katich explained: ‘The big thing for me was that I was really grateful the club gave me the opportunity back in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

‘When I was approached about coming back, I thought it would be a nice way to repay the faith they showed in me way back then.

‘They helped me get back playing Test cricket for Australia so, now I’m not, hopefully I can get out there and perform to try to win something for us.’

While Katich – who has 56 Test caps behind him – feels comfortable in his surroundings, the landscape has changed in the nine years since his introduction to Hampshire.

He said: ‘My first season here was 2003.

‘We had guys like Robin Smith, John Crawley, Alan Mullally, Shaun Udal and players like that.

‘The team has changed a lot over a nine-year period.

‘I played with Jimmy (Adams) way back in 2003 and a few of the other guys as well.

‘We have some young and exciting prospects coming through now. This team has had some success in the shorter forms of the game in recent seasons, so hopefully we can have a good campaign.

‘It certainly feels familiar coming back having lived here over those three seasons.

‘The ground has changed a bit – we’ve got the Ageas Bowl now with new stands and it’s a bit different.

‘But it’s progressed nicely and it’s a great place to play.

‘I’ve always enjoyed playing here and I’m looking forward to doing it again.’