Ponting keen on Symonds return

February 4th, 2009 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 4 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is hopeful that troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds will make progress to be in the team when it returns from the tour of South Africa.Cricket Australia (CA) has ruled Symonds unavailable for selection for the upcoming tour of South Africa while he undergoes further rehabilitation and counselling.

The final straw for the CA board came when he bad mouthed New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum in a radio interview, a misdemeanour for which he was fined $4,000.

Throughout a troubled year for Symonds, Ponting had remained his strong supporter and the value he brought to the Australian team.

“Everything he has said is obviously pretty positive about wanting to represent Australia again as much as he can,” Ponting was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph. “We’re all cricketers, we all want to play as many games for Australia as we possibly can.

“The ball is back in his court now and with a couple of months until we return from South Africa, hopefully everything progresses while we’re away.”

Ponting and his vice-captain Michael Clarke said the players all accepted CA’s ruling not to consider Symonds for the South African tour.

“As we know, with his counselling it’s a work in progress. It’s all down to him now, he’s got to work out for himself whether it’s really what he wants to do,” Ponting said.

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