11 Apr 2009

Symonds gets another chance with Australia

6:42 am on 11 April 2009

The Australian cricket selectors have again put the ball in Andrew Symonds's court, selecting the all-rounder for their upcoming one-day series against Pakistan.

Symonds is part of the 14-man squad set to play Pakistan in five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi starting later this month.

Symond's recall comes on the back of his selection for the extended Twenty20 World Cup squad.

The one-day squad will be without captain Ricky Ponting, batsman Michael Hussey and gun all-rounder Mitchell Johnson, all rested for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes tour.

With the exclusion of some of the more experienced players in the side, selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch says this could be a perfect chance for the 33-year-old Symonds to announce he is still a force on the international stage.

Also in the squad, subject to fitness, are fast bowler Brett Lee and opening batsman Shaun Marsh.

Lee is recovering from ankle and foot surgery and will be monitored closer ahead of the start of the tour.

Shane Watson has also been selected as a batsman and may be available as a bowler late in the series.