A gifted left-handed batsman with the discipline to play long innings and a stubborn refusal to give his wicket away cheaply.
He first broke onto the scene in 1994/95 with Western Australia and, after a couple of seasons bedding in, hammered 1,039 first class runs in 1998/99 to help steer his State side to Sheffield Shield glory.
He earned a call-up into the Australia squad to tour Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and was on the brink of playing his debut Test match against the Sri Lankans when he contracted chicken pox.
That led to another mystery illness that Katich struggled to shake off and he was forced to sit out most of the 1999/2000 domestic season.
He was soon back to his very best though when, in 2000 and having recovered fully, he joined Durham.
Good form both in England and Australia earned him a place in the 2001 Ashes squad and he played in the fourth Test at Headingley due to an injury to Steve Waugh.
However, he failed to shine with the bat, making 15 and nought not out, and would have to wait another two years before getting another chance, where his left-arm chinamen proved surprisingly effective against Zimbabwe.
He scored his maiden Test hundred in 2004 at the SCG against India and helped ensure Steve Waugh’s final match in charge ended in a draw and not a defeat.
He has also played county cricket for Yorkshire and most recently Hampshire.
He signed for Derbyshire in 2007 and was appointed as captain for the season.
Katich was recalled to Australia's Test team, for the first time since 2005, during the Test series in West Indies.