Love gives Symonds a new lease of life

March 8th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar 8 (ANI): Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds has told how reconciling with girlfriend Katie Johnson has helped him battle depression and given him a new lease on life.

The troubled star of Australian cricket star has also revealed his battle with the bottle, and how he considered quitting cricket besides the deep bouts of depression that left him reeling.

Symonds will get a new look for his new life this month, allowing his signature dreadlocks to be cut for leukaemia charity Worlds Greatest Shave, The Herald Sun reports.

Symonds and Johnson were one of the glamour couples of the Australian cricket team before the exiled all-rounder requested time and space to confront his depression.

But they have again become close after Symonds underwent routine counselling sessions with a leading sports psychologist.

Those around the cricketer have described the move as positive.

Being old fashioned and all that sort of thing, when I first went into counselling I didnt think it was going to be for me, but Ive completely changed my mind about that whole profession, Symonds said.

On the cricket pitch, Symonds remains committed to forcing his way back into the Australian team for the Ashes Tour of England in August.

There were days when I was drinking too much and binge drinking, using it as an out or as an excuse if Id had a bad day or something hadnt gone right. The answer for me is controlling it and knowing when to have a beer and what’’s appropriate. And I believe Ive done that well now, he said. (ANI)

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