Sefton's David Poskitt is up against Simon Katich
Friday 12th November 2010

Englishman David Poskitt is eager to get stuck into Australia's Test opener Simon Katich ahead of The Gabba Test match.

DAVE POSKITT (formerly with Sefton Park)

Manly's English born paceman David Poskitt has vowed to go after Simon Katich's injured thumb and give his countrymen a hand in the upcoming Ashes battle.

Katich will play for Randwick-Petersham in Saturday's clash against Manly at Coogee Oval. The club game is part of the 35 year old's build up towards the Gabba Test as he tries to prove his fitness.

Poskitt, who arrived at Manly in 2008 as a backpacker, was called into the Waratahs XI on Wednesday for injured paceman Andrew Lindsay (shoulder), and the 27 year old will leave nothing to chance, vowing to give Katich a thorough workout.

"I'll definitely aim for his thumb," Poskitt said. "Hopefully, I can get one up on the Aussies before the Ashes and the English side can carry on what I've started. I'll just have to show him how the English bowl."

Now in his third season at Manly Oval, Poskitt said it is unlikely he will revert to Bodyline tactics to knock over the 54 Test veteran.

"I don't think I'm quick enough to be honest," he said. "I've got the bounce, if I was a bit quicker, maybe I'd get a few up in his ribs. I think I'll just aim for his thumb as opposed to his ribs."

Manly skipper Adam Crosthwaite said he will instruct his bowlers to simply get Katich out. "We want to get rid of him, we don't want him to bat for a long time," the wicketkeeper/batsman said. "As much as I'd like to give our Test opening batsman a good hit out before the first Test, I want to get rid him with no runs. It's going to be a good challenge."

Randwick-Petersham CEO David Holland said he expects Manly's attack to go after Katich. "They would be employing their usual tactics and they will be aiming to get him out," Holland said. "We wouldn’t expect the Manly players to give us any favours. They will be putting their best foot forward and we’ll be trying to stop them."

Katich knocked back an interview request with The Manly Daily.

The NSW captain injured his hand in a practice game against the Indian President's XI in September. Earlier in the week, Katich said if he is not fit for the November 17 Shield game against Tasmania, it would be unlikely he would play the first Test in Brisbane.

"I will be starting on Saturday in club cricket," he told The Australian newspaper of his comeback.