Andrew Symonds crosses the fishing line

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Symonds 'a total rod'Andrew Symonds has been sent home from Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh IN DISGRACE after missing a team meeting because he was out fishing.

It’s a fairly minor misdemeanor in itself, but it seems there were other incidents which led the Australian hierarchy to question Symonds’ attitude.

Unconfirmed rumours emanating from the Australian camp indicate that Symonds had stopped brewing up. One senior Australian cricketer quite possibly said:

“Ever since he got that huge IPL contract, he’s been a complete bell-end. He thinks he’s too good to brew up – like putting the kettle on’s beneath him. He says: ‘No, I’m not making the tea, I did it last week – but tea two sugars if you’re offering’. He’s just got a bad attitude.”

Another team mate described Symonds as ‘a total rod’.


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  1. I am greatly disappointed in the man. If you’re going to get kicked off the team, surely you could find something better to do than fishing? It’ll do some damage to his hard-man image, not least because he was fishing using modern equipment rather than using his bare hands (as he does to hunt boar).

    Shame on him – two sugars?

  2. Are we sure he was using modern equipment? As a hard team meeting missing drinking man – perhaps he was dangling a stray dog off the end of a jetty whilst crocodile catching – I’m sure boar hunting gets a little tedious?

  3. Ceci, that was truly hideous. Marvellous.

    Was Symonds fishing with a fat-chested fellow Queenslander? Because that would merit something far worse.

  4. Dear Sir / Madam,
    I believe that Andrew Symonds has an identity problem, because he is basically a West Indian, who was born in Birmingham, England and migrated with his family to Australia early in his life.
    The problem with having this identity crisis does make Symonds to behave more “Australian” than most mainstreams Australians, especially with his indiscipline larrikin approach, and his brash attitude to other cultures. This is why he had problems in India, not because he had problems with certain players in the Indian national team, which most international players have with opposition players on a regular basis, due to the competitive nature of professional sport, which does include cricket.
    I am not character slanting Andrew Symonds, but after noticing him for a while, I have come to this view or opinion.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.

  5. The last time Andrew Symonds missed out against Bangladesh due to bad behavior, The Bangles went on to win a match and England went on to win the Ashes a few months later.

    Are we sure he actually went fishing? In my family, “gone fishing” was always used euphemistically to mean “gone awol for leisure/pleasure” As far as I know, none of the Ladd’s actually fished.

  6. May be he is trying to fade out before he goes to the return Test series in India next month. He might be fearing more of monkey chants cominb hus way

  7. Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam you should feel free to assasinate Andrew Symonds’ character if you wish. We welcome that kind of input here.

  8. Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam and all the rest of yers

    Symonds does not have an identity crisis. He is not the problem. He is simply emulating his larrikin predecessors Boon, Merv, Walters, Warne etc. It’s the younger generation who are the new politically correct model, who are the problem.

    personally, I’ll take Roy and Hayden any day over tail-wagging Puppy and MR Cricket.

  9. Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam – don’t slag of Rob Key. It’s all freedom of speech here, except on Key.

    And unless you are Brian, who can say what he wants.

  10. Good point, Rusty. It does seem like the Aussies want a homogenous bunch of go-getters who are all SUPER KEEN to play for Australia and who preferably have no other interests at all in their lives.

  11. I got a sneak preview of the Cricket Australia media release – “Since the ICC Champions Trophy was to have been the next tournament for Australia after the one-dayers against Bangladesh, we are dropping Andrew Symonds for that tournament. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, the tournament has been tentatively postponed to (not after) October 2009. Symonds’ ban for that tournament will be effective then. Until then, he is eligible for selection.

    Cricket Australia prides itself on responding in an appropriate manner to any acts of indiscipline. The Australian cricket team fishes hard but fair. It’s the way Australian teams have fished since the first human settlements on our land. It’s a tough game and from time to time, stuff happens. This isn’t tiddlywinks, so I don’t understand why fish are complaining.”

  12. I totally think Roy did the right thing by going fishing up in Darwin. I mean, who can resist the giant Barra fishing you can do up there.

    What was wrong was drinking grog before training and showing up late.

  13. Dear Sir / Madam,
    I apologise if I hurt Andrew Symonds or anyone else with my views, but I believe that if Symonds wishes to viewed, and judged as a quality player, both in Test Match cricket, and in One Day cricket, he must ensure to allow his performances to do the taking, rather than create bad team sprit and attitude, especially to the young and up coming players in the current Australian team.
    Yours Faithfully,
    Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.

  14. Dear Lemon Bella,
    I agree with you, but in life it is not what you say, but how you say it. In this case, I realised that my initial comments were too hash and not quite appropriate, and based on it, I decided to apologise for it. Nevertheless, I do believe that Andrew Symonds does have an attitudinal problem, because he has a complex, whether it is an inferiority or superiority complex, can be only judged by persons, who are close to him. The problem with all of this is that the team bounding and sprit gets spoilt, especially with the young and up and coming cricketers in the Australian national team. That is my major concern.
    Best of wishes,
    Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam.

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