16 Oct 2008

Symonds fails again

7:57 am on 16 October 2008

The discarded Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds has failed again with the bat for Queensland in their day-night clash with Tasmania at the Gabba.

Symonds has returned to cricket after being dumped from the national squad over the "gone fishing" controversy in Darwin but the big hitting matchwinner of old is still missing.

He looked hopelessly out of touch and was out for a duck, after amassing just 17 runs from six innings since the Darwin debacle.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland made it clear Symonds could force his way into Australia's opening Test of the summer against New Zealand in Brisbane next month - if he let his bat do the talking.

But Symonds would be flat out justifying his place in the Queensland team based on his current form.