Symonds still part of Oz selectors plans, says Hilditch

January 30th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Brisbane, Jan.30 (ANI): The Chairman of Australia’’s cricket selection committee, Andrew Hilditch, has said that all-rounder Andrew Symonds errant behaviour off the field will play no part at the selection table next Wednesday.
“What happened with Andrew yesterday is now done from our perspective,”” Hilditch told brisbanetimes.com.au.
“It’’s not a selection issue. Whether anything else comes from that, I have no idea. But from our perspective, he’’s being considered for selection for South Africa.””
By “anything else”” Hilditch could very well have been pointing to next Tuesday’’s Cricket Australia board meeting, which the Symonds incident - a drunken radio interview with Roy and HG in which a spot of Kiwi bashing became a national scandal is poised to feature.
Symonds hasn”t done himself any favours by getting out for a paltry five runs in a Sheffiled Shield match against Western Australia here today.
Hilditch, however, described it as a “difficult first-day wicket at the Gabba.””
While Symonds is now well and truly on the mend, Hilditch will be watching closely over the course of this four-day contest to assess whether the allrounder is up to the full rigours of international cricket and indeed a series that will double as a battle for the No.1 ranking in Test cricket.
“Our understanding is that he’’s made a faster recovery than expected. Obviously we”ll watch him to see how he goes bowling and make sure that he’’s ready to resume full duties,”” Hilditch said. (ANI)

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