Melbourne: Deeply hurt after being axed from Cricket Australia`s list of contracted players, Test opener Simon Katich today said he saw it coming as this was not the first time he was treated "unfairly" by the board.
The 35-year-old played opener had to play his last four Tests with serious injuries and feels he has been judged on that and not the fact that he was the second-highest run-scorer in Tests since returning to the side in 2008.
"Do I think I have been treated fairly? Not at all, not at all," Katich told `The Australian` in an exclusive interview.
"From my point of view, I have had to play through injuries in the last four Test matches, two with a broken thumb and two with a torn achilles. I didn`t want to play Test cricket like that although I know that is what they have judged me on.”
"In India, they kept telling me it was a bruised thumb and I could hardly hold the bat but they kept telling me it was bruised so I thought `Well I can`t not play Test cricket if it`s a bruise`," he added.
Cricket Australia on Tuesday left out Katich from its list of contracted players saying the national selection panel was trying to encourage young cricketers for the upcoming 2011-12 season.
Ruminating over that fateful day, Katich said he was at the SCG on Tuesday when he saw NSP chairman Andrew Hilditch`s name appear on the screen of his mobile phone.
"I was in the middle of a fitness test, saw the phone ringing and saw who it was and thought `Damn, I better answer this`," Katich said.
"I knew full well what it was, I didn`t want him to have the luxury of leaving a message, so I grabbed it.”
"It`s funny, I have been treated like this before by them. I have been down this path a number of times," he added.