All is not well in Jolimont Street, the home of Cricket Australia – a well struck cover drive across the road from cricket’s spiritual home, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There have been rumblings and grumblings for some time, well before the most recent Australian summer when the home side succumbed in the Ashes to a far superior English team. Much conjecture has focused on structural and administrative issues with a review by a phalanx of former players and business elite in process. Most stakeholder invective has been reserved for selection, the selection panel and the hapless head of said panel, Andrew Hildtich. But the proverbial hit the fan on Tuesday when the 25 recipients of CA central contracts were announced. Few were content with the team selected, none more so than NSW Blues skipper and Test opener Simon Katich. ‘Kato’ as he is affectionately known was overlooked for the largesse and saw his test career disappear in a single press release. Katich fumed but he is not some intemperate rookie full of bad manners and little sense. He considered his options as if weighing forward or backward defence. He chose the former and cut loose with a withering attack on what had been served up. In this age of insipid press shows, full of mouthed platitudes and falsity his front foot demolition was something to behold. He was as passionate and proud as you’d expect from a man who has played anything for Australia and stressed that the loss of the money that accompanies the lucrative contract wasn’t the issue. You know what? I believe him. Unreservedly. He desperately wants to keep wearing his baggy green on that first Test morning, he wants to be an integral part of the inevitable revival of his sport on the world stage and he wants more than anything to score runs for his country. It’s what he does. But all that has been taken away from him by the selection panel and a four minute phone call. His reasoning is sound – he’s scored more runs than everybody bar the profligate Alistair Cook in the past three summers and just because his career is past tea-time doesn’t warrant him being consigned to State cricket alone. Many will agree with the sentiment expressed but many more will love Katich for one of the finest innings of his life last Friday.