Warne asks Symonds to show more respect

Sydney, Sep 15 (UNI) Legspin legend Shane Warne has urged temparamental all-rounder Andrew Symonds to show more respect to his collegues in the Australian squad and return as a ''better person''.

''The hard option and the option that will satisfy him and earn him some respect is to come back a better person and show how important playing for Australia is to him,'' Warne told the 'Herald Sun'.

Warne was disappointed with Symonds over the 'gone fishing' incident before the one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin last month. He blamed the burly Queenslander for putting young captain Michael Clarke in a difficult position.

''I would have thought that if Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke were good friends, then Symo would have more respect for Michael Clarke than that,'' Warne said yesterday. ''I think it's disappointing that he put a young captain like Michael Clarke in that position.'' ''It was disappointing from Symo, especially with the Australian team not having senior players like Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden there,'' he added. ''It's not a one-off thing, and I just think Symo has showed a lack of respect.'' Responding to a query that Symonds may retire from international cricket and opt for the riches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) the 39-yearold said,''I would be disappointed if he took the easy option and just threw it away. He could do that and just take his cash from the IPL, but to me that would be the easy option.'' UNI XC AB HT1355

Story first published: Monday, September 15, 2008, 14:35 [IST]
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