Australian news October 10, 2010

Hayden tells of career advice to Symonds

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Matthew Hayden is a man of many talents but even he was surprised to learn he had won the 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games this week. The announcer in Delhi had cut off the first name of Brent Matthew Hayden - a bald, hulking figure from Canada - before the gold medal ceremony and there was brief local excitement that the batsman had swapped sports and allegiances.

Hayden the cricketer has done some swimming - but only for safety. When his fishing boat sank in the rather dangerous waters off Brisbane he and Andrew Symonds were forced to paddle to shore. Hayden, who is currently a Twenty20 player, administrator, television host, businessman and philanthropist, was definitely not in Delhi on Sunday; he was at the Gabba for the launch of his new book, Standing My Ground.

He said the high point of his on-field career was his performance at the 2007 World Cup, which included scoring 659 runs and landing a huge marlin, and the low was the 2005 Ashes loss. In front of John Buchanan, the former coach, Hayden said the boot camp in the lead-up to the 2006-07 Ashes cleansweep helped unite a previously "fractured" unit. He also told how Shane Warne, a fierce critic of Buchanan's methods, sat in a ditch during one night of gruelling exercises saying: "I'm weak, I'm soft and I want to go home."

In the book Hayden recalls asking Symonds if he still wanted to play for Australia following his suspension for going fishing in Darwin in 2008. "You have to grapple with this," Hayden said. "If you say, 'Yes, I really do want to play for Australia', you won't hear me or anyone else saying you can cut corners, because the culture is bigger than you. You have to build relationships with the media, Cricket Australia ... everyone. You have to compromise and do things you don't want to do, things you did in the past that made Australia the best team in the world."

Symonds couldn't manage it for long and walked away from the national set-up after being sent home from the World Twenty20 in 2009. Hayden said Symonds felt let down following his claim that India's Harbhajan Singh called him a "monkey" during the Sydney Test of 2007-08. Harbhajan was banned for three matches for racial abuse but it was overturned on appeal. "The verdict was a sobering jolt to us all," Hayden said.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 14, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    @ Venkat_Super_11, you said Australian Boards let Symonds down. Now think about why his own board let him down? Because his own board is racial right? Or may be he is guilty accusing Harbhajan calling him moinkey. Well, Harbhajan already punished by 2 matches suspension, so he already got what he deserved. So what now? Please read my previous comment about calling someone "Monkey" is not a racial.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    HAYDEN IS A ROCKSTAR...JHON CENA OF CRICKET FIELD...

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 12, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I 100 percent agree with Venkat_Super_11. The main issue with it was how it was handled. The aftermath and the possibility that Indian team were going to abandon the series over this issue was akin to being childish in the opinion of most Australians. Like a child taking thier bat and ball and going home because they were not happy with the outcome. At the end of the day the BCCI flexed it cash strong muscle and CA backed down. Symonds was left bemused, bewildered and evetually careerless. Harbhajan went on to berate and abuse a fellow team mate and still acts the clown. I consider Harbhajan a good cricketer but his actions have forever sullied his name. The two boards and the ICC's handling of the incident robbed cricket watchers of the world a fantastic entertainer in Andrew Symonds.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @Venkat_Super_11, Symmonds didnt leave the team, he was kicked out after his nth disciplinary violation. The only thing that did'nt happen right on that verdict was that Symmo got away scot-free despite starting the entire scene!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Agree to Debbie and Sharath. This is hypocrisy of the highest order. If there's anyone who got away unpunished from the entire saga, it was Symmonds himself!! Its 2 and a half years since this incident happened and even today these guys keep cribbing on it. Absolutely pathetic

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Super_11 on | October 11, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    To Anubhav Agrawal: It's nothing but a shame for the whole country of India for Harbhajan making such a senseless comment on his fellow sportsperson. And please avoid justifying it by throwing the stone on Australia. No doubt, Australian players are known for sledging and agressive attitude but they have never gone to Harbhajan's level. Harbhajan is just a shame to the whole country and he thinks that he is a hero by attacking other players, particularly, Australians, verbally and personally. BCCI with its influence, has managed to rescue him but whatever he did was down to the bottom and he deserves to be thrown out of the team. Poor Symonds. If Symonds was given the right to handle it himself, he would have just lifted him and smashed him out (In fact I wish he did). BCCI is another hypocrite. And it's correct that Symonds decided to leave the team after the Australian board let him down.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Harbhajan prove about his behaviour through his on field incident with sreesanth in IPL even he cant tolarate with his indian team mates we can asume how could he behave with Symo..its really sad even the sachin was backed bhajji for it..it was harm the sprit of cricket..but there real faces came out

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    You Australians still don't understand that what Harbhajan did was a not a rascial gesture but making fun of how Symonds look and acts like. It was making fun of things Symonds does which appear to any Indian like an act of Monkey especially his cream at the centre of his face. If Australians don't accept the incident as it was they might have to carry a false baggage to their grave. May be that's why Symonds and Hayden were not able to achieve things what people like Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar were able to achieve. Indians are not racist by nature, it is a common phenomenon in Australia. If a research is made in Australia it would be difficult to find even a single non-racist person in your country

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    i have no time for hayden. he's a hypocrite, he was overly abusive on the field and overly confrontational, and then when it suited him he'd pretend he was mr nicey nice coming over all spiritual and worldly. Read what Graeme Smith says about him when he was playing his first test. Hayden stood right beside him when he was 20/21 swearing and belittling him constantly.

  • POSTED BY Kreacher_Rocks on | October 10, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Surprising how a reference to one's parents ("Maa ki ..." - what Harbhajan claimed he said) is a less offensive taunt than a reference to one's ancestors ("Monkey" - what Symonds claimed Harbhajan said). IMHO the Aussies have been petulant about Sydney for a long time because it was one of the rare incidents when they couldn't have their way. There are innumerable incidents where Aussies have gotten away without any punishment for visible and audible on-field altercations wholly instigated by them, simply sweeping such incidents under the carpet claiming "mental disintegration" and "friendly banter". They are just rubbish when someone dishes it out to them. Personally I am more inclined to believe that Harbhajan said "Maa ki ...", because in Hindi that would be a much more effective invective than "Monkey".

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 14, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    @ Venkat_Super_11, you said Australian Boards let Symonds down. Now think about why his own board let him down? Because his own board is racial right? Or may be he is guilty accusing Harbhajan calling him moinkey. Well, Harbhajan already punished by 2 matches suspension, so he already got what he deserved. So what now? Please read my previous comment about calling someone "Monkey" is not a racial.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    HAYDEN IS A ROCKSTAR...JHON CENA OF CRICKET FIELD...

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 12, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I 100 percent agree with Venkat_Super_11. The main issue with it was how it was handled. The aftermath and the possibility that Indian team were going to abandon the series over this issue was akin to being childish in the opinion of most Australians. Like a child taking thier bat and ball and going home because they were not happy with the outcome. At the end of the day the BCCI flexed it cash strong muscle and CA backed down. Symonds was left bemused, bewildered and evetually careerless. Harbhajan went on to berate and abuse a fellow team mate and still acts the clown. I consider Harbhajan a good cricketer but his actions have forever sullied his name. The two boards and the ICC's handling of the incident robbed cricket watchers of the world a fantastic entertainer in Andrew Symonds.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @Venkat_Super_11, Symmonds didnt leave the team, he was kicked out after his nth disciplinary violation. The only thing that did'nt happen right on that verdict was that Symmo got away scot-free despite starting the entire scene!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Agree to Debbie and Sharath. This is hypocrisy of the highest order. If there's anyone who got away unpunished from the entire saga, it was Symmonds himself!! Its 2 and a half years since this incident happened and even today these guys keep cribbing on it. Absolutely pathetic

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Super_11 on | October 11, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    To Anubhav Agrawal: It's nothing but a shame for the whole country of India for Harbhajan making such a senseless comment on his fellow sportsperson. And please avoid justifying it by throwing the stone on Australia. No doubt, Australian players are known for sledging and agressive attitude but they have never gone to Harbhajan's level. Harbhajan is just a shame to the whole country and he thinks that he is a hero by attacking other players, particularly, Australians, verbally and personally. BCCI with its influence, has managed to rescue him but whatever he did was down to the bottom and he deserves to be thrown out of the team. Poor Symonds. If Symonds was given the right to handle it himself, he would have just lifted him and smashed him out (In fact I wish he did). BCCI is another hypocrite. And it's correct that Symonds decided to leave the team after the Australian board let him down.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Harbhajan prove about his behaviour through his on field incident with sreesanth in IPL even he cant tolarate with his indian team mates we can asume how could he behave with Symo..its really sad even the sachin was backed bhajji for it..it was harm the sprit of cricket..but there real faces came out

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    You Australians still don't understand that what Harbhajan did was a not a rascial gesture but making fun of how Symonds look and acts like. It was making fun of things Symonds does which appear to any Indian like an act of Monkey especially his cream at the centre of his face. If Australians don't accept the incident as it was they might have to carry a false baggage to their grave. May be that's why Symonds and Hayden were not able to achieve things what people like Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar were able to achieve. Indians are not racist by nature, it is a common phenomenon in Australia. If a research is made in Australia it would be difficult to find even a single non-racist person in your country

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    i have no time for hayden. he's a hypocrite, he was overly abusive on the field and overly confrontational, and then when it suited him he'd pretend he was mr nicey nice coming over all spiritual and worldly. Read what Graeme Smith says about him when he was playing his first test. Hayden stood right beside him when he was 20/21 swearing and belittling him constantly.

  • POSTED BY Kreacher_Rocks on | October 10, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Surprising how a reference to one's parents ("Maa ki ..." - what Harbhajan claimed he said) is a less offensive taunt than a reference to one's ancestors ("Monkey" - what Symonds claimed Harbhajan said). IMHO the Aussies have been petulant about Sydney for a long time because it was one of the rare incidents when they couldn't have their way. There are innumerable incidents where Aussies have gotten away without any punishment for visible and audible on-field altercations wholly instigated by them, simply sweeping such incidents under the carpet claiming "mental disintegration" and "friendly banter". They are just rubbish when someone dishes it out to them. Personally I am more inclined to believe that Harbhajan said "Maa ki ...", because in Hindi that would be a much more effective invective than "Monkey".

  • POSTED BY rko_rules on | October 10, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Andrew Symonds is my fav Cricketer. He is just like me, aggressive, sometimes uncontrollable and a little bit shy but still pushes himself to achieve his target. But when we are in the spotlight, we really wants to quit, we dont like everyone's attention. I really wish Andrew plays in the next world cup but I understands the reality that it is unlikely to happen, but nothing is impossible. Just like Virender Sehwag was called back again for the Aussie tour keeping in mind his previous record against Australia, hopefully, CA calls back Andrew keeping in mind his record in World Cup matches. And most importantly, I dont think his replacements like David Hussey or Cameron White are doing well and manage to firm their places in the team. One more issue I have, why everyone expects all the players or for that matter in normal life as well, to be in limitations. Everyone has different nature, style, attitude and way of talking. Let everyone be natural

  • POSTED BY Kreacher_Rocks on | October 10, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Surprising how a reference to one's parents ("Maa ki ..." - what Harbhajan claimed he said) is a less offensive taunt than a reference to one's ancestors ("Monkey" - what Symonds claimed Harbhajan said). IMHO the Aussies have been petulant about Sydney for a long time because it was one of the rare incidents when they couldn't have their way. There are innumerable incidents where Aussies have gotten away without any punishment for visible and audible on-field altercations wholly instigated by them, simply sweeping such incidents under the carpet claiming "mental disintegration" and "friendly banter". They are just rubbish when someone dishes it out to them. Personally I am more inclined to believe that Harbhajan said "Maa ki ...", because in Hindi that would be a much more effective invective than "Monkey".

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | October 10, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Well, calling "monkey" to someone is not a racial. But if someone calls somebody "Black" or "Dark", or "Yellow" or "Brown" or even "White" is a racial. Andrew Symonds face is like monkey and he also uses sun protective cream on his face and that face becomes more like a monkey's face. So, Harbhajan gave him a nick-name. It is nasty nick-name and in professional cricket it must not be tolerate. But calling it "Racial Issue" is stupidity. This is not a racial, nor a discrimination either. And Jelanichem, not any single player has that right to "blasted" out someone from Test Cricket. This is professional cricket, not a street cricket where anyone can do anything. There is ICC who decide what to do. May be you should quit from advocacy and spend some time to learn about some cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Any australian has some nerve to talk about being harassed by the opposition. Those aussies do it all the time. When they push people to the limit people will strike back. If the Australians would just shut up and play this would not happen. Harbajan did nothing wrong. I recall that mcgrath cursed Sarwan out concerning relations with Brian Lara but then got mad when Sarwan pointed out it was Jane who did it not Lara. You can see the veins popping in the neck of the abusive mcgrath as he threatened to kill Sarwan for defending himself. I say shut up and play to the aussies. If you can't take it don't dish it out. So symonds welcome to the rubbish bin of history. You loved to abuse the opposition but like any aussie can't take it when you get it back. Don't push people to the limit and they will not call you names. Hypocrites.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    It's funny how Australians keep accusing Indians of being stuck up on Sydney, and yet every single Australian autobiography that comes out mentions Sydney in one way or the other. I wonder if it's just the old 'I will tell my side of the story and you - you will shut up' trick that Australians like to play so well. When they complain, it is 'standing up for the spirit of the game and all that is right in this world'. When anyone else complains, it's 'whining'.

  • POSTED BY tinkertinker on | October 10, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I feel for symonds, he was victim of The craven cowardice of cricket Australia who bow before Indian money at all costs.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 10, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Symonds, keep on playing in the IPL. Good luck in the auction.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    why there is no like button??? Add google likes to Sam Rogers comment. Tongue in cheek

  • POSTED BY Unifex on | October 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I'm sure Symonds felt let down, but he made the big mistake of accusing someone of the worst on-field behavior - racism - without having any real evidence. The pitch mikes picked up nothing, so he had nothing. It's amazing to me that Harbhajan got convicted in the first place. Harbhajan is not a particularly nice guy - he didn't walk when bowled by Kevin Pieterson, for example, then abused Pieterson - but you've got to have the goods if you call him a racist.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I don't miss him at all. Nor Hayden. But then again, I am English.

  • POSTED BY Jelanichem on | October 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I am advocate for zero tolerance where racism is concerned, or any form of discrimination for that matter. As a very highly educated individual, I am really very amazed at the kind of discrimination that still exists in the world. Still a lot of people at the lower end of the evolutionary ladder living among us. And one of the things I have seen in my many travels, is that the most disgusting perpetrators of this against blacks are the non-whites who for some moronic reasons that defies logic feels they are superior to other people of colour.

    That said, I think Andrew Symonds is a mentally weak individual. His bat should have done the talking. I cannot imagine the carnage that would have resulted, in terms of balls going across the boundary ropes, if Harbhajan had called a Garfield Sobers, a Viv Richards, or a Brian Lara, a monkey. He would been "blasted" out of test cricket from the onslaught from those men willows every time they faced him again.

  • POSTED BY raunakagarwal on | October 10, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Why is every Australian Cricketer sobbing about what happened in Sydney. I don't know who called someone what. But can you really trust characters like Symonds and Harbhajan. Both are equally notorious.

    Just move on with the game. And let us spectators move on. Enough of these autobiographies. Write something interesting for the fans. Am sure they don't want this.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    I still think SYMMO is one of those players who can single handedly turn around t game along with YUVI and FREDDY... (t seond although oly wit t ball in hi hand ... )

  • POSTED BY RohanBhalerao on | October 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Rightly said by the commenter above---- Andrew Symonds - What a waste of talent!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Symonds and what hell he's had to go through while Harbhajan was almost left scot free . It is a sad thing that such a talented player was let down so badly- not just by the administrators, but also by his own team mates. Remember what Michael Clarke did to him?? One needs to back their team mates in the moment of distress and despair, but sadly in Symmo's case that was not to be. Few people stuck up their necks for him, others stuck daggers in his back.

  • POSTED BY rajatmohan83 on | October 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    From the start of his (andrew symonds) career - he was rude and uncharateristic fellow and not able control himself on field and off field. he the one screw things up for the team. this is not only time he messed up. he messed things up with pakistan players, english players, sri lankan players, west indian players. he should banned to play any sort of cricket or connected with the sport with the fine of 10,000 pounds. Not only that australian cricket board should fined as well whenever any player playing currently misbehaves and rude behaviour. fine should 500,000 pounds for Australian board. to the player 80% of his matck earnings and the captain and vice-captain 95%match fees. same rules and regulations for rest of the teams aswell.

    rajat

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | October 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Andrew Symonds - What a waste of talent!!

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  • POSTED BY satanswish on | October 10, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Andrew Symonds - What a waste of talent!!

  • POSTED BY rajatmohan83 on | October 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    From the start of his (andrew symonds) career - he was rude and uncharateristic fellow and not able control himself on field and off field. he the one screw things up for the team. this is not only time he messed up. he messed things up with pakistan players, english players, sri lankan players, west indian players. he should banned to play any sort of cricket or connected with the sport with the fine of 10,000 pounds. Not only that australian cricket board should fined as well whenever any player playing currently misbehaves and rude behaviour. fine should 500,000 pounds for Australian board. to the player 80% of his matck earnings and the captain and vice-captain 95%match fees. same rules and regulations for rest of the teams aswell.

    rajat

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Symonds and what hell he's had to go through while Harbhajan was almost left scot free . It is a sad thing that such a talented player was let down so badly- not just by the administrators, but also by his own team mates. Remember what Michael Clarke did to him?? One needs to back their team mates in the moment of distress and despair, but sadly in Symmo's case that was not to be. Few people stuck up their necks for him, others stuck daggers in his back.

  • POSTED BY RohanBhalerao on | October 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Rightly said by the commenter above---- Andrew Symonds - What a waste of talent!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    I still think SYMMO is one of those players who can single handedly turn around t game along with YUVI and FREDDY... (t seond although oly wit t ball in hi hand ... )

  • POSTED BY raunakagarwal on | October 10, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Why is every Australian Cricketer sobbing about what happened in Sydney. I don't know who called someone what. But can you really trust characters like Symonds and Harbhajan. Both are equally notorious.

    Just move on with the game. And let us spectators move on. Enough of these autobiographies. Write something interesting for the fans. Am sure they don't want this.

  • POSTED BY Jelanichem on | October 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I am advocate for zero tolerance where racism is concerned, or any form of discrimination for that matter. As a very highly educated individual, I am really very amazed at the kind of discrimination that still exists in the world. Still a lot of people at the lower end of the evolutionary ladder living among us. And one of the things I have seen in my many travels, is that the most disgusting perpetrators of this against blacks are the non-whites who for some moronic reasons that defies logic feels they are superior to other people of colour.

    That said, I think Andrew Symonds is a mentally weak individual. His bat should have done the talking. I cannot imagine the carnage that would have resulted, in terms of balls going across the boundary ropes, if Harbhajan had called a Garfield Sobers, a Viv Richards, or a Brian Lara, a monkey. He would been "blasted" out of test cricket from the onslaught from those men willows every time they faced him again.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I don't miss him at all. Nor Hayden. But then again, I am English.

  • POSTED BY Unifex on | October 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I'm sure Symonds felt let down, but he made the big mistake of accusing someone of the worst on-field behavior - racism - without having any real evidence. The pitch mikes picked up nothing, so he had nothing. It's amazing to me that Harbhajan got convicted in the first place. Harbhajan is not a particularly nice guy - he didn't walk when bowled by Kevin Pieterson, for example, then abused Pieterson - but you've got to have the goods if you call him a racist.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    why there is no like button??? Add google likes to Sam Rogers comment. Tongue in cheek