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Noting to do with Katich axing: Clarke
Saturday 29 October 2011

Australia captain Michael Clarke denied that he had any role to play in axing Simon Katich but made it clear that he would not be keen to bring back the former opener after his latest outburst.

Katich on Friday accused Clarke of playing a role in removing him from the list of Cricket Australia contracts and said that he would never be able to wear a baggy green again as long as the team is led by the present skipper.

Clarke-led Australia clinched the three-match ODI series against South Africa 2-1 in Durban on Friday and the skipper said Katich's comments were not good for the team morale.

"The team morale is such an important part of having success and it's been a great thing for the Australian team in both forms of the game of late. I think the team morale is outstanding and we're enjoying seeing a bit of success as well," he said.

Clarke, meanwhile, welcomed the appointment of new full-time selector, John Inverarity and also paid tribute to much-criticised outgoing chief of selection Andrew Hilditch.

"I'm very excited, (Inverarity's) the ultimate gentlemen, was a fantastic player and is a wonderful guy. So I think both Watto (vice-captain Shane Watson) and myself are looking forward to spending a lot of time with him. I think it's a great decision," said Clarke.

"I want to make a special mention to Andrew Hilditch. I think 'Digger's' done a fantastic job and he's been a selector for a long time, and I hope he's not just remembered for the last 12 months," he added.

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