With Ed Cowan making an impressive Test debut against India [ Images ], discarded and disgruntled Australian opener Simon Katich [ Images ] on Monday said he is resigned to being on the sidelines as he has been replaced by a worthy successor.
Katich, who has been fuming ever since his contract was torn up in May, said he does not harbour hopes of making a comeback anymore.
"I've spoken about my international career recently, a lot has happened in the past five months, but I understand the selectors are probably going in a different direction,'' Katich told the Sydney [ Images ] Morning Herald.
"I'm fortunate that in the last few years I got back in the Test team. I've got to look at it positively. I've played 56 Tests instead of being stuck on 23 so I will always be grateful for that.
"There are lots of people worse off than me in the world. As much as it was disappointing to know that I probably wouldn't play Test cricket again, I've dealt with that, and I'll play cricket for whoever wants me for as long as I can," he added.
The 36-year-old said Cowan would be a success in the coming years.
"Ed Cowan is definitely ready for Test cricket. He's made a lot of runs this year, he deserves his chance, and he's got a big future ahead of him," he said.