The trouble with Andrew Symonds
In one of my earlier articles on The Roar regarding the future of the Australian cricket team, I said this on Andrew Symonds: “Andrew Symonds needs to have a good look at himself, and focus totally on his batting,not get himself involved in matters off the field …”
Well, after what happened today, when Andrew Symond was sent home by the Australian cricket team’s leadership group, it’s pretty clear to me and to other followers of Australian cricket, that Andrew Symonds is finished in the international scene, at least for now.
While it might have been only a meaningless one-day series against Bangladesh, for the Australian selectors however, it takes on a much greater meaning.
With the tour of India little more than a month away, and a tough twin series against New Zealand & South Africa before the biggest tour of them all – England 2009 – the selectors are taking no chances and want to use the Bangladesh series as a guide to not just the tour of India, but also the defence of the Ashes in England next year which is the main focus of the Australians.
However Andrew Symonds wants no part of it and prefer to go fishing rather than be a part of the build up to the 2009 Ashes series.
Which leaves one question to be asked: does Andrew Symonds really want to be remembered as a great all-rounder; or one of the great disappointments who had a lot of potential, but somehow didn’t deliver?
It’s up to you, Andrew.
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