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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Andrew Symonds sacked from Twenty20 World Cup

Andrew Symonds has done it again. Sadly I am not talking about a Test Hundred or a match-winning performance with bat or ball in the shorter version of the game... unfortunately he's got on the drink again and broken team rules while in England for the Twenty20 World Cup and due to repeated infringements regarding the turps - he's been sent home and his Cricket Australia contract is all but shredded. You can read more about the story and in particular get a clearer understanding of the situation and CA boss James Sutherland's disappointment with Symonds on the ABC website (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/04/2589854.htm). Although Symonds had missed out on a spot in the Ashes touring squad he could well have used the Twenty20 World Cup as a springboard to a possible replacement role if injuries had struck. Australian Captain Ricky Ponting (a long time supporter of what Symonds can bring to the Australian side) will front a press conference at The Oval in London later today. Symonds international career looks over and he may be out of serious cricket for good within a few weeks if he reacts poorly to this latest incident. About the only bright spot in the last 18 months for Symonds has been his role in the Deccan Chargers Indian Premier League (IPL) title charge last month. And it may be his only avenue to making a crust in cricket if CA tear up his contract and Queensland decide to move on with younger players. The IPL will certainly open their arms to him because money drives that competition and nothing else. Given Symonds will put butts on seats - he'll still have cricket in his future if he can be bothered. It is a sad day when a professional athlete can't get their head around certain truths that must be accepted and Symonds obviously has never quite got the message. At his best Andrew Symonds was a force in world cricket but it looks like he won't be ever again.

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