ICL: Indian Cricket League

Symonds realistic about World Cup chances


Andrew Symonds is happy with the way his arm injury is progressing and is delighted the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed him to be picked - and perhaps replaced - in Australia’s World Cup squad.

Symonds had surgery for a torn biceps on Sunday and Trefor James, the team doctor, said the next week of his recovery would be crucial.

“I will be doing everything I possibly can to be right in six weeks or so,” Symonds said in the Herald Sun. “We will be realistic about my chances, but at least we’ve got something to work towards. I’m happy with how things are going so far,” he added.

Australia’s selectors were expected to finalise the 15-man squad on Thursday, but it is unlikely to be announced until after the second final against England on Sunday.

The team has been given permission by the ICC to choose Symonds and then replace him if the injury does not heal in time.

Dr James told the paper it was possible Symonds could take part in the World Cup, which starts on March 13 and ends on April 28. “We are seeing how he responds to the surgery over the next week or so,” he said.

“That is really important. Everyone is a bit different in how they come out of surgery. But it certainly is possible he will be available,” he added.

Source:The News

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