12 Sep 2008

Symonds dropped for India tour

4:59 pm on 12 September 2008

All-rounder Andrew Symonds has been dropped from Australia's cricket squad for their tour of India and replaced by Queensland team mate Shane Watson.

Symonds was left out of the one-day side for the three-match series with Bangladesh in Darwin earlier this month after he missed a team meeting and went fishing instead.

Leg-spinner Bryce McGain and off-spinner Jason Krejza have been picked to replace the now retired Stuart MacGill as the frontline spinners on the four-test tour of the country, whose pitches traditionally favour spin.

The team is:: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Phil Jaques, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Bryce McGain, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson.