“Carefree” Symonds successfully holds on to self-imposed booze ban

June 24th, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Brisbane, June 24(ANI): Three weeks after being sent home from the Twenty20 World Cup following indiscipline charges, Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds successfully held on to a self-imposed booze ban before playing for Wynnum-Manly in an All-Stars rugby match in Brisbane.

Symonds showed more discipline preparing for his league outing, and revealed that not one drop of alcohol passed his lips for four days before playing in the rugby league match

“The night before the game I was very excited and sort of struggled to get to sleep. And a few days leading up to the game, it was strictly lots of vegies and a fairly lean diet, and I swore myself off alcohol for about four days. I was pretty keen for this game,” the Fox Sports quoted Symonds, as saying.

Despite being axed from the national side, the 34-year-old cricketer sounded like a relieved man, who is ready to move on.”I am enjoying life. I can be my own person and do what I want to do. I feel like I’ve had a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and I’m enjoying life,” Symonds said.

“It (rugby match) was a great experience and I had a ball. I much prefer to do something that only takes a few hours of your weekend than a whole week of your life. I’d love to play again, that was just to get the cobwebs out. It would be great to have another run because a lot came back to me after playing the other night,” he added.

Though, his name won’t be on Queensland Cricket’s list of contracted players when they announce it Thursday, but he’s still considering turning out for the Bulls next season.

“Now I have to clear my head and make up my mind how much cricket I want to play and who for. Obviously I’ve got other interests, I’m passionate about my league and fishing and that so hopefully in the next little bit I’ll have a clear plan as to what I want to do,” he said. (ANI)

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