Monday 1 September 2008 

Andrew Symonds' Australia Future In Doubt

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has once again jeopardised his long-term playing future for his country after he was sent home from Darwin, where his side are playing Bangladesh.

After he was almost sent home from the 2005 Ashes tour for turning up to a match after a night out, the latest episode casts doubts over his role in the side.

Senior team management and officials voted to send Symonds, 33, home because of concerns over his commitment to the team.

His manager, Matt Fearon said he was so disillusioned with being sent home that he is considering his future and may even skip Australia's forthcoming tour of India in October.

"Andrew's going to take some time to reflect on what's happened," Fearon said.

"He's still committed to playing cricket at the highest level.

"How he goes about doing that and how it plays out I don't know. Whether it means India I don't know."

Australia coach Tim Nielsen seems resigned to losing Symonds for that tour already, however.

"I don't think we can bank on much at all at the moment," he said.

"The only thing we can bank on is providing as much support as we possibly can for him to make the right decision for him and for us, to come back into the group 100 percent committed.

"But how long is a piece of string? I don't know if Roy (Symonds) would understand or know how long it's going to take. I certainly don't."

Australia play four Tests in India and currently lead the three-match One Day International series with Bangladesh 1-0.

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