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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Symonds' Australian career finished?

Andrew Symonds has been sent home from England.

Controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been banished from Australia's Twenty20 World Cup squad in England for breaking team rules.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland told a press conference in Melbourne tonight that an alcohol-related incident resulted in Symonds being sent home.

Mr Sutherland said the breaking of a number team rules by Symonds in the past 24-48 hours was "the final straw".

"In isolation the breaches that I am talking about are not serious, but in the scheme of things, in the scheme of history, they are enough for it to be the final straw," Mr Sutherland said.

"I'm disappointed in Andrew but at the same time I'm disappointed for Andrew.

"There's no joy in me standing here tonight and advising you of this and in fact I'm quite sad about it.

"But at the same time we must balance the interests of Australian cricket and the Australian cricket time with those of the welfare of individual players."

Unfortunate it may be, though having watched Symonds perform so well in the IPL I wonder how upset he really is. He has probably earned more for a short stint with the Deccan Chargers than he would for his stint with the Australian team.

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