Symonds determined to come back; may miss out on India tour

Darwin, Australia, Aug 31 (UNI) After being sent back to home by the leadership group due to discplinary breach, Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds' cricketing fate hangs in balance as he could miss the India tour slated to be held later this year.

According to his agent Matt Fearon, Symonds' particicpation in October's tour of India is uncertain though he is committed to way back in the Australian Team.

''Andrew's going to take some time to reflect on what's happened,'' Fearon said. ''He's still committed to playing cricket at the highest level. How he goes about doing that and how it plays out I don't know. Whether it means India I don't know.'' Symonds was thrown out of the squad here yesterday after missing a team meeting because he went for fishing.

Australia's coach Tim Nielsen was also of the view that Symonds' behaviour was not up to the mark and his frame of mind in recent months has been a concern which forced the team management to assess Symonds' attitude over past few months.

He also stated that the Australian players are 100 per cent committed to the game apart from the hard hitting all-rounder.

''They don't miss a thing and they are always early and presented as well as they possibly can,'' Nielsen said. ''When somebody hasn't got the information that they need or hasn't turned up on time it's usually due to the fact they're away from us and the group a little bit, mentally. That always raises concerns.'' However, chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association Paul Marsh asserted that the latest incident was unexpected but the ACA was fully behind Symonds and the Association would try hard to get him back into the national squad.

''It was a surprise but there were issues last summer that have been well documented,'' Marsh said. ''Our role is obviously we're here to support Andrew. We've been in discussion with his manager and look to put in place the best possible support for him.'' UNI XC RKM RAR NS1247

Story first published: Sunday, August 31, 2008, 13:32 [IST]
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