Katich set for Old Trafford t20 bow
Katich set for Old Trafford t20 bow

Lancashire fans will get to see their first glimpse of Australian international Simon Katich at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The left handed batsman is set to make his home debut against Northants Steelbacks (5.30pm start).

Head Coach Peter Moores has announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the first of the Lightning's home games.

Katich says he is aiming to improve his prowess as a Twenty20 player in his short time as Lancashire's overseas player.

The experienced left-hander, who is just as determined to help the Lightning get their campaign of to a racing start, wants to change the perception of him as just a Test match specialist.

"I'm not perceived as a Twenty20 player, and that's fair enough because I'm not the type of guy who's going to whack fours and sixes all the time. I've had a reasonable crack at it, and I'm trying to get better," said the 34 year-old.

He only made seven in his first appearance for the county in the win against Durham last Friday, but has an impressive 20-over batting average of 32.15 after scoring 1,061 runs from 44 matches.

Paul Horton recently said that a lot of people, whether that be spectators, pundits or players, would underestimate Katich's ability in the shortest format of the game.

And Katich said: "Hopefully, I can provide not just with the bat and in the field, but also a few overs with the ball here and there."

Katich, who captained the NSW Blues to the inaugural Champions League T20 title last October, has also stressed the importance of the Red Rose continuing their good start to their North Division campaign.

He continued: "There's a lot of games in a short amount of time in this competition, and if you can get on a roll it helps momentum. The guys were really keen to start well because it is a big bonus if you can get a jump on teams."

Katich is available for another eight North Division games and one County Championship match before he links up with the Australian Test squad ahead of their two-match series against Pakistan at Lord's and Headingley.

While Twenty20 may not be seen as the most recognised way to prepare for a Test series, he said: "It's more cricket than I would have been playing had I been sat at home in Australia. Even though it's a different game, it's nice to be over here playing cricket and contributing to some success."

Squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wk), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Katich, Simon Kerrigan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Daren Powell, Tom Smith.

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