Volatile Symonds gets the axe

Allrounder Ignored For India Tour As Australia Pick 15-Member Test Team

Volatile all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who has made headlines for controversies in recent times, was dropped from Australia’s 15-member Test squad for next month’s tour of India on disciplinary grounds.
The burly Symonds, who created a flutter earlier this year for claiming that India’s Harbhajan Singh had racially abused him, has been given time for “introspection” so that he can decide on his future.
Australia’s national selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said Symonds, who was sent packing after his “gone fishing” saga in Darwin during the One-dayers against Bangladesh last month, is now in a process of introspection and will be considered once he is fully fit.
“Andrew Symonds was stood down for disciplinary reasons in Darwin and is now going through a process managed by Cricket Australia designed to give him time to assess whether he is fully committed to all of the things needed for a cricketer to be a member of the world’s number one team,” Hilditch said.
“Cricket Australia has told us that selectors will be advised once Andrew can be considered again for selection and we hope we can look forward to that advice in due course because as we all know, a fit and fully-committed Andrew Symonds can be a world beater,” he added.
Left-arm chinaman bowler Beau Casson also have been dropped while spinner 36-year-old Bryce McGain has been included and is set to make his debut against India. Right-arm spinner Jason Krejza have also been given a ticket and Hilditch feels the spinners will do well in Indian conditions. “We are pleased with the balance achieved in this squad. We have selected two internationally inexperienced spinners but we feel they are the right kind of spinners for the conditions and have faith they will both do very well when given opportunities,” he said.
Among the pacers, youngsters Doug Bollinger and Peter Siddle have been given a chance to play for Australia, while all-rounder Shane Watson has been included to provide extra flexibility to the team. Batting mainstays Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden are also recovering fast from injuries. AGENCIES
The squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Matthew Hayden, Phil Jaques, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Bryce McGain, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle.