Saturday, 30 August 2008
Cod you Believe it?*
Forget the Fredalo incident; cricket has a new bad man of the game and his name is also Andrew: Andrew Symonds.
Symonds was banned from playing in the ODI against Bangladesh today, after missing the team meeting before the game (and an optional training session). And this was no rock and roll mistake. There was no booze, pedaloes or women involved. Symonds went fishing.
At least when Freddy decided it was a good idea to swim back to Britain after drinking half of the West Indies it was after England played the game.
Still, Australia, ever the professionals, posted a healthy score of 254 after losing the toss (wait a second, England managed 296 against the second best ODI team in the world, what's Bangladesh's rating?....minor point, I won't dwell). Bangladesh were all out for 74.
Symonds will play no further part in the ODI series and has been banished back to Queensland where Michael Clarke hopes he can "have some time away from the game." (Never a good sign when your captain needs to remind you that "you need to be committed 100%.").
Nightwatchgirl had the pleasure when she was in Australia to catch an inspiring interview with Andrew Symonds about his hobbies outside the game. All Nightwatchgirl can remember is the sentence: "oh, I like fishing." It seems some habits will come and bite you in the....
There were too many possible headlines for Nightwatchgirl to choose from, so she thought it was probably best to include the others that didn't make the cod, I mean cut.
*Sweetlips Symonds is skating on thin ice.
*Symonds Flakes out of ODI.
*No Wahoo for Symonds.
*No Plaice for Symonds
*Symonds makes a mist-hake.
Further suggestions are welcome.