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Symonds unlikely to don Australia colours again

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 14:43 [IST]
 
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All-rounder Shane Watson, a understudy to Symonds, in all likely will fill the vacuum created by his fellow Queenslander.Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland has conceded that Andrew Symonds may never play for Australia again.

But Sutherland claims there are talented players such as fellow all-rounder Shane Watson to replace Symonds if he does not continue his international career.

"It would be a great loss but, at the same time, one of the great things Australian cricket is lucky to have is exciting young talent that is knocking on the door, waiting on the fringes," the Daily Telegraph quoted Sutherland, as saying.

"People like Shane Watson may well get the opportunity they've yearned for so long in his absence," he added.

Watson could get that chance as soon as October, with Symonds not expected to tour India for the four-Test series.

Watson, despite his battle with injuries, is likely to be named in the Test squad when the selectors hook up this week.

Symonds, 33, was sent home from last week's one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin after going fishing instead of attending a compulsory team meeting.

It was the latest in a string of incidents which led the team's leadership group and management to question whether Symonds had the commitment to play for Australia.

He is being treated as an injured player and is expected to begin counselling in the next week or so.

Sutherland doubted the huge money and exposure of the Indian Premier League is the sole reason for the Queenslander's change of attitude.

Sutherland has yet to speak to Symonds following his embarrassing exit from Darwin.

Symmo's date with a shrink: Meanwhile Symonds has contacted a leading sports psychologist as he wrestles with the issue of making a return to international cricket.

The Daily Telegraph reported that during his exile the troubled Queenslander has approached Brisbane psychologist Dr Phil Jauncey.

Jauncey, who has at times travelled with the Australian cricket side, is also a consultant to the Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Lions.

Friends have urged Symonds to see a psychologist and although no formal sessions have been organised with Jauncey, it is a positive step.

Symonds has no chance of making Australia's four-Test tour of India next month and Queensland Cricket staff are yet to hear whether he will make himself available for the Bulls' opening games of the 2008-09 season.

Agencies

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