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Knight In Shining Armour

Two good seasons for Gloucestershire prompted the English selectors to ask Symonds if he was willing to join the A squad, but Symonds had his eyes set on a place in the Australian side.

Knight In Shining Armour
Knight In Shining Armour
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Symonds declined the offer, preferring to gamble and gain a place in the Australian national squad by turning out for Queensland in domestic cricket. He did make the Australian team in 1998-99, but missed out on the World Cup squad in 1999.

As things stand, Symonds, though acknowledged as one of the hardest hitters in the game, has played just over 50 odis for his adopted country but is yet to play Test cricket. Before this World Cup, he had not even come close to a three-figure knock—a highest of 68 not out, one of his only two knocks of over 50—would hardly qualify as being close to a century. Yet, there is not a single Australian, least of them his captain, Ricky Ponting, who would hesitate in acknowledging his incredible talent as a hard-hitting batsman, a more-than-useful right arm off-break bowler and a brilliant fielder, one of the very best in the world. But all such accolades in cricket lexicon count for nothing, if the scores are not forthcoming. And, so it was with Symonds, till last week.

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