Katich sets sights on Sydney return

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Simon Katich struggles with an Achilles injury in Adelaide, but he is hoping to return to duty for the series denouement in Sydney

Injured Australia opener Simon Katich has revealed he could make a shock comeback in the final Ashes Test.

Katich damaged his Achilles during the second Test defeat to England in Adelaide and was initially expected to miss the rest of the series.

However, the veteran left-hander has revealed that his comeback plans are ahead of schedule and he may be fit for the Sydney Test, which starts on January 3.

"I'm doing all the rehab and pulling up well from the strength work so the physio's pretty happy with where I'm at and actually thinks I'm ahead of schedule," Katich said.

"Normally it takes a couple of months to settle down but it's settling down pretty quickly. I've been having treatment on it every day for the last few weeks and it's all going really well."

Asked if he'd be fit in time for Sydney, Katich replied: "I'm a long shot but you never know.

"You can't really put a date on it because with tendon injuries you never know until you fully test them, but if I test it next week and pull up well then who knows.

"I am doing everything I can to get it right so we'll wait and see. I will keep upping the ante with the strength work and we might consider testing it with a run next week to see how it pulls up.

"But I haven't discussed it (a return) with the selectors and that would be for them to decide, not me."

Phil Hughes replaced Katich for the third Test in Perth but failed twice as Australia pulled off a series-levelling win over England.

Katich believes Hughes can bounce back in the Boxing Day Test despite his struggles at the WACA.

"It's a tough job over there in Perth. The wicket had some life with the new ball and it was tough for the openers," Katich said. "I'm sure Phil will be fine in Melbourne."

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