Melbourne, Sep 22 : Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds took his first step towards rehabilitating his stalled international cricket career with a low profile but successful comeback to the playing field in Brisbane.
Making a rare appearance for his club side, the Gold Coast Dolphins, the Queenslander was watched by dad Ken and mum Barbara as he took on a University side containing former Test batsman Martin Love, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Playing for the first time since he was sent home from Darwin last month after the "gone fishing" fiasco, Symonds looked like he hadn't missed a beat as he hit a composed 30 (52 balls).
Symonds, who last week insisted he would return to the Australian side a "better person", smacked one giant trademark straight six before he was caught by Love at slip.
The 33-year-old showed further promising signs at the bowling crease and struck with his fifth delivery when he had former Queensland batsman Steve Farrell caught brilliantly in the deep.
Symonds, who is set to return to training for the Queensland Bulls, finished with the figures of 2-25 (8.1 overs) in an outing he could be well pleased with.
"It was not too bad really but I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow,"' Symonds said after play.
"It was nice to get out there and have a hit and run around and catch up with a few of the boys. I am looking forward to getting back into a bit of a routine at Bulls training this week," he added.
Symonds still has several major hurdles to jump before he can be considered for a recall to the Australian side this summer.
He has to return to the first-class arena but more importantly regain the trust and respect of his Australian teammates, who felt let down by his actions in Darwin and other disciplinary lapses.
Story first published: Monday, September 22, 2008, 13:25 [IST]
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