Symonds knows he has no place in Australian team

June 9th, 2009 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, June 9 (IANS) Andrew Symonds has come to terms with the sad realisation that he no longer fits into the Australian cricket team.
The troubled all-rounder is expected to announce his retirement from international cricket later this week after telling his closest friends he simply cannot relate to the new generation in the side.

“He did tell me that he needs to surround himself with people he can relate to,” his manager, Matt Fearon was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

“It’s part of his process. Obviously the Australian team environment no longer offers that. That is not having a go at Cricket Australia, it is just how the environment has evolved.”

Symonds, who has a history of alcohol-related problems, was called back home from World Twenty20 in England after a disciplinary breach.

Symonds has watched the departure of several close teammates in recent years. They have been replaced by youngsters and the attitude of the team towards socialising has changed.

One of Symonds’s closest friends, former Queensland teammate Jimmy Maher, said his trouble-free stint in the IPL with Deccan Chargers proved that in the right environment he could still flourish.

“It’s no surprise that he played so well in the IPL this year under the stewardship of Darren Lehmann and Adam Gilchrist,” Maher said. “They are guys who work on the adage that you train hard and play hard and enjoy yourself. Lehmann has handled him exceptionally well. If guys like (Matthew) Hayden and (Justin) Langer and Gilchrist were on this trip, the latest incident wouldn’t have happened.

“Now when he mentions having a beer some of the new generation look at him like he’s from another planet. They want to run off to their rooms to have recovery and play Xbox.”

Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan expressed sadness for his former Lancashire teammate. “He is a nice person and a good friend, and if he has a problem he needs to sort it out. Any bowling attack he can tear apart, especially Twenty20 is suited for him.”

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