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Symonds' crucial knock for Queensland, still no ticket for India

Sydney, Oct 20 (UNI) Notwithstanding Andrew Symonds' crucial 73-run knock for his state side Queensland, Cricket Australia ruled out calling the exiled all-rounder for its squad despite Ricky Ponting's men facing a tough time in Indian.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland, who was in Mohali watching the middle order scrape for survival against Indian spinners Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium yesterday, said Symonds remained off limits to the selectors as they consider a replacement for injured reserve batsman Phil Jaques.

''It's not an issue for the selectors at this stage. There are medical and other related issues that are being worked through as part of the process,'' Sutherland was qouted as saying by 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

''There is a staged process that Andrew has got to go through to get through the gate, so to speak,'' he stated.

Though Sutherland expressed elation over Symonds coming back in action on the field, but he feels that the volatile all-rounder will have to wait for some time while before his national comeback.

''He is back playing cricket, which is good, but there is a whole lot of other things that need to be satisfied before we get to a stage for the selectors to have an interest in it,'' he quipped.

''I am satisfied that he is working in the right direction to play cricket for Australia again,'' he asserted.

Symonds knock in Queensland's 147-run win over New South Wales has shown that the embattled player, who had scored just 27 runs in the previous eight innings for Queensland after being thrown out of the national team for the 'gone fishing' saga, is back in form.


Story first published: Monday, October 20, 2008, 20:35 [IST]
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