Symonds refuses to rule out of Ashes series

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009, 16:32 [IST]
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Brisbane: Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has refused to rule himself out of a place in the squad for the forthcoming Ashes series in England, but does admit that he has become a game-by-game proposition.

At 33 and on the comeback trail after surgery on his right knee, Symonds is giving no guarantees about his playing future.

"I'm just looking to go one game at a time now, there's probably only so many tokens left in the body and mind. Hopefully I can use them effectively and have a good end to my career. The day that I''m worn out either physically or mentally, I will just say, ''That will do me'', “ Fox Sports quoted Symonds, as saying.

"I haven't put a time limit as to when I'll finish playing. I feel like this is the final chapter of my cricketing career coming up so hopefully I can play some good cricket, finish well and look back on a career that has been interesting but very enjoyable," he added.

Symonds, who was a virtual passenger in the Boxing Day Test when he limped around in the field, will return to the playing arena when he turns out for his club side, the Gold Coast, this weekend.

He will return for Queensland next week and, barring an injury setback, will be named in Australia''s squad for next month's Test series in South Africa.

Symonds will initially be used as a specialist batsman but insists he won''t give up his off-spin and medium pace bowling to try to prolong his international career.


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