Why Symonds was axed from Oz team?

Published: Monday, June 29, 2009, 13:18 [IST]
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Symonds reveals reasons for T20  axe

Melbourne: Watching a rugby league game at a pub with just pints of beer for company was the reason behind Symond's ouster from Australia's Twenty20 World Cup squad.

Disgraced Aussie all-rounder Symonds was sent home from the event held in England after breaking an alcohol-related team agreement, Cricket Australia had said at that time.

Describing the episode that also cost him his central contract with CA, Symonds said he went out to watch a rugby league match between NSW and Queensland at a pub after the practice match against Bangladesh and returned late, that too drunk.

"I love Origin football and for me, with Origin football comes a few beers. I was wrapped up in watching football and then when I got back (from the pub) I knew then (my career was over)," Symonds revealed in an interview to Channel Nine.

Symonds said he felt  a  mental breakdown due to his inability to cope with the pressure of being an international cricketer.


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