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Simon's omission prompts outrage

cricket Updated: May 03, 2007 11:59 IST

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Simon Katich's surprise omission from the Cricket Australia's list of 25 contracted players has prompted outrage from his state with a senior New South Wales official questioning the credibility of the selection process.

"Simon Katich continues to be one of the best performed batsmen in Australian first-class and one-day cricket and his sacking beggars belief," New South Wales Chief Executive Dave Gilbert said in a statement from the West Indies.

"With the retirements of Justin Langer and Damien Martyn, his sacking is even more bewildering and seriously questions the credibility of the selection process," Gilbert was quoted as saying by the Australian newspaper.

With Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath also retiring, only Katich and veteran Queensland paceman Michael Kasprowicz had their contracts discontinued. Young South Australian leg-spinner Cullen Bailey was one of six new names on the list.

The others were West Australian batsmen Chris Rogers and Adam Voges, exciting Tasmanian swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus and all-rounders James Hopes from Queensland and Cameron White from Victoria.

Jason Gillespie, 32, was retained as one of seven pace bowlers, despite playing little international cricket since fading on the Ashes tour almost two years ago.

With the retirement of McGrath, the experience of his former Test new-ball partner is clearly considered an asset.

Bailey and young off-spinner Dan Cullen, who was lucky to retain his contract after a poor season, are among four spinners in the squad.