Lehmann calls for Symonds inclusion in Ashes squad

May 18th, 2009 - 5:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Cape Town (S. Africa), May 18 (ANI) Former Australian batsman and now manager of the IPL franchisee Deccan Chargers, Darren Lehmann, has called on the national selectors to include all-rounder Andrew Symonds in the Ashes squad.

Though Symonds has been written off by many as a contender for a place in the Test squad to England, due to be named on Wednesday, Lehmann said: “He’s good, he’s in good nick, he’s enjoying cricket and enjoying being with us, and I’m sure he’d enjoy being back with Australia as well.

In five matches Symonds has tallied 174 runs at 43.5 while also pouching three wickets, but given the considerable gap between Twenty20 and Tests the view of a seasoned observer like Lehmann carries as much weight as any mere statistics.

“The Australian side is still a better side with him in it.”

Lehmann and national captain Ricky Ponting have both been in Symonds’ corner over several years, as much for his ability to swing a game as anything else.

The squad to tour England will require a balance between youth, experience, role-players and match winners, and Symonds’ proven capacity to dominate a session or more will weigh heavily in his favour, particularly now he appears to have toned down his behaviour.

Rivals for the allrounder’s spot include Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald. (ANI)

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