Symonds may never play for Australia again

September 9th, 2008 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Sep 9 (ANI): Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has conceded that Andrew Symonds may never play for Australia again.

But Sutherland claims there are talented players such as fellow all-rounder Shane Watson to replace Symonds if he does not continue his international career.

It would be a great loss but, at the same time, one of the great things Australian cricket is lucky to have is exciting young talent that is knocking on the door, waiting on the fringes, the Daily Telegraph quoted Sutherland, as saying.

People like Shane Watson may well get the opportunity they”ve yearned for so long in his absence, he added.

Watson could get that chance as soon as October, with Symonds not expected to tour India for the four-Test series.

Watson, despite his battle with injuries, is likely to be named in the Test squad when the selectors hook up this week.

Symonds, 33, was sent home from last weeks one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin after going fishing instead of attending a compulsory team meeting.

It was the latest in a string of incidents which led the team’’s leadership group and management to question whether Symonds had the commitment to play for Australia.

He is being treated as an injured player and is expected to begin counselling in the next week or so.

Sutherland doubted the huge money and exposure of the Indian Premier League is the sole reason for the Queenslanders change of attitude.

Sutherland has yet to speak to Symonds following his embarrassing exit from Darwin. (ANI)

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