Symonds felt caged by regimented cricket

The training regime, the media demands, sponsorship appearances and interview requests made Andrew Symonds feel “caged” and the former Australian all-rounder claims he didn’t regret Cricket Australia (CA) scrapping his contract.

Symonds, who makes his debut for Surrey against Gloucestershire on Tuesday, says he came to hate being an international cricketer.His contract with CA was dissolved before the World Twenty20 last year, and he was sent home from England. His cricketing career was in ruins but Symonds says he felt relieved.

Deccan resist gutsy Collingwood to reach semis

They were the IPL’s nomads, they needed to win five games in a row to reach the semi-finals, and things looked heavily loaded against them. But Deccan Chargers, the defending champions, made it. On a slow pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla, Andrew Symonds’ sparkling 54 gave Deccan a defendable total, which they protected with an inspired fielding performance led by Rohit Sharma and disciplined bowling. Paul Collingwood kept Delhi in the chase until the end but he lacked the firepower, and support, to pull off a victory.

Andrew Symonds cautions against IPL overkill

Andrew Symonds, the Deccan Chargers allrounder, has said the increase in the sheer amount of cricket and tighter schedules may affect the quality of cricket in subsequent seasons of the IPL, and has called for better planning as the tournament grows in size.

“People always want more, they want to get bigger and faster. [What] worries me is that players are going to play more in the same period of time,” Symonds told Hindustan Times. “I don’t know if the quality of cricket will be as high because they will get tired. They will get injured and that’s a concern.”

Symonds, Rohit star in 10-run win

Andrew Symonds starred in an impressive all-round effort, racing to 35 and picking up three wickets, to help Deccan Chargers achieve their third consecutive victory in the IPL – a result in contrast to Delhi Daredevils’ run in the competition, as they slipped to their third defeat in as many games despite a counter-attack from captain Dinesh Karthik. Symonds’ effort was backed up by an attacking knock from Rohit Sharma, who burst into spotlight after a quiet start to the competition to take Deccan to a challenging score, which proved just about adequate for them to continue their winning ways.

Symonds helps Deccan to first home win

The match was hurtling towards a dull climax when Irfan Pathan tried to pull off the improbable with an audacious innings, but eventually Deccan Chargers prevailed and sealed their first win against Kings XI Punjab in IPL history. Set 171 to win, Punjab were dawdling along at 104 for 7 in the 17th over when Irfan exploded to create some excitement.

Sloppy India aim to arrest slide

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Saturday, December 12
Start time 17.30 (12:00 GMT)

Big Picture

The ICC World Twenty20 win, and the subsequent celebrations that riled Andrew Symonds so, seems like it belonged to another age. Though it set in motion the events that led to the creation of the IPL, India’s form in the international arena has been dire. Wednesday’s thrashing at Nagpur was their fourth loss in succession, and you have to go back nearly a year to their last victory against a major side. The Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf, denied Sri Lanka then, and it will need similar strength of will from the middle and lower order to ensure that the team’s alarming slide in the game’s most abbreviated format is arrested.

Australia look to defy odds again

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Thursday, November 5
Start time 1430 (0900GMT)

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Australia have no business being 2-2 in this series. Seven first-choice
men out, followed by two of their replacements (Moises Henriques being the latest). Foreign conditions. Back-to-back matches, spread across the length and breadth of India, suggesting more a sightseeing tour than one of the cricketing variety. Bowlers struggling at the death. Big hitters absent. Horror of horrors, Andrew Symonds is being discussed again by the fans. Conventional wisdom suggests that cannot be a good sign for the Australian team. Look at the scoreline, though – Two wins each. Who told Australia they could compete once their players started going down one by one after the first ODI?

Flintoff mulls Twenty20 freelance role

flintoffAndrew Flintoff is giving serious consideration to becoming a freelancer cricketer according to his manager, Andrew Chandler, in a Sunday newspaper. Flintoff has already received a number of offers, but his recent knee surgery means he will be sidelined for at least six months. On Friday he was awarded an incremental contract by the ECB, but the option of lucrative Twenty20 deals will be very tempting.

Flintoff ’s freelancing would have followed the route expected to be taken by Australian allrounder, Andrew Symonds, who is also eyeing several Twenty20 opportunities around the world after his national career stalled due to disciplinary issues.

Auckland eye Symonds swoop

symondAuckland are keen to get Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds on board for the upcoming State Twenty20 competition. With an eye on qualification for the lucrative Champions Twenty20 League, next year, Auckland believe that signing on Symonds for even one game will help boost crowd numbers as well.

Symonds will not be available for the entire competition because he is due to turn out for Queensland in the Twenty20 Big Bash in Australia. That competition, however, is only five rounds, furthering the possibility of him playing for Auckland towards the end of January.

Hilditch defends persistance with Symonds

symondAndrew Hilditch, Australia’s chairman of selectors, has defended his panel’s persistence with Andrew Symonds and its forgiveness of his frequent indiscretions. Despite Symonds’ worsening behaviour over the past year, Hilditch wanted the allrounder back in the national set-up as soon as his bans ended following the India and South Africa tours.

Both times the selectors’ judgment was poor, with Symonds unable to follow his own contract guidelines or perform on the field. His international career ended last month when he was sent home from the World Twenty20 for drinking in public.