Katich yet to decide on Royals return

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Simon Katich admits he has yet to make up his mind over a possible Hampshire return next year.

The former Australia Test star has been offered a new deal by manager Giles White to head back as the club’s overseas player once again in 2013.

And the 37-year-old, who struck a crucial 35 not out in the CB40 final win over Warwickshire, will weigh up his future options when he returns to Australia with his family.

Katich explained: ‘I haven’t decided on anything like that yet.

‘I’m 37, I’m not getting any younger so we will wait and see.

‘Myself and the club have spoken about it but I want to get home, let the dust settle and then go from there.

‘It’s not just about me. I’ve got a young family and there are things to consider there.

‘Moving forward, I’ve got a few opportunities out of cricket.

‘Like everything, you have to weigh up when the time is right.

‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my six months here, they are a great bunch of lads and they have made it a difficult decision to make.

‘There are some good times ahead at this club if they keep progressing the way they are.

‘If it was my last game for Hampshire, it’s a pretty sweet way to go, that’s for sure.’

It’s been a successful return for the popular batsman and he admits he could not have hoped for more after coming back to the club.

He said: ‘To have won two competitions this year is very special.

‘A lot of hard work goes into it and you need to play good cricket across the whole season and perform on the big days.

‘We did it the hard way as well because we lost a couple of our key players in Dimi Mascarenhas and Danny Briggs but the guys stepped in and filled their big shoes.

‘It was an amazing finish to the game.

‘There was a period where they probably felt they were going to win it but we managed to get over the line.

‘Full credit to Kabir Ali and Michael Bates for holding their nerve for that last ball.

‘I’ve played at Lord’s before but to win a domestic title there is very special.’