Australian domestic news December 17, 2010

Andrew Symonds cuts ties with Queensland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Symonds appears to have played his last game for Queensland, after deciding against taking part in this summer's Big Bash. Symonds, 35, has advised the Bulls he won't be turning out in the Twenty20 tournament this season after he scored 88 runs in six outings during the previous campaign.

"Andrew is living in north Queensland and is in the process of purchasing a farm," the Queensland Cricket CEO, Graham Dixon, said. "He was pretty up-front with us that he was moving in a direction that didn't involve playing cricket again for Queensland.

"We told him that he goes into this phase of his life with our blessings and best wishes. He doesn't owe Queensland Cricket anything and we have been privileged to enjoy the benefit of his skills and his passion for Queensland during his career. Our door is always open to him and I am sure he will continue to keep close ties with us."

Queensland will have a new-look outfit for the Big Bash this summer, with Darren Lehmann having taken over the Twenty20 coaching role after Trevor Barsby resigned. Michael Lumb, the England player, will join the Bulls on Saturday after signing as an overseas recruit for the Big Bash.

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  • Rohanj on December 21, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    A very disappointing day but good luck Simmo. Dunno what SteveJone is on but he ain't an Aussie. What you did off the field was your business and had zero impact on your value as a cricketer and entertainer on the field in my eyes. You were a gun and an absolute joy to watch. I'll never forget that first Boxing Day hundred, an absolute gem. Glory Days!

  • Ronnie on December 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Will be disappointed if he still turns up for the Deccan Chargers. Lumb is a great addition though, looking forward to seeing him and Hopes opening.

  • Kell on December 19, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    stevejone: You are way of the mark. Not sure what your probelm is, but Symonds was an old school cricketer, and thats the reason he was so popular. Like it or not his style is what alot of followers miss from cricket nowadays.

  • Steve on December 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    You were a real Loser, Mr. Symonds. You always preferred late nights and late drinks rather than sacrifice a bit for your chosen country. Hope you never had played for Australia. Nobody forced you to play for the Oz. You were a true shame to Australia. Youngsters dream and die for the baggy green but some people are born like Symonds. Always self obsessed and thinking about nothing but his own self and let the team and country go to hell. What does he think of himself? Will the selectors come and beg for his return back to the side? There are tons of players in Australia who are as good or better than a Symonds.Now let me show and lead you the heck outta here.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Best of luck to Andrew in his future. I hope that he is happy in his new life away from cricket. It is a shame he was unable to achieve his full potential for Australia for longer than he did. Thanks for the memories Symo.

  • Allan on December 17, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    The Queensland CEO - what a class act he is.

  • Kell on December 17, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I agree with you guys. Just about my favorite as well. Hope he goes with a bang rather than just sliding out of cricket.

  • chris on December 17, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    This guy is still one of my favourite cricketers of all time- when he shoulder barged that streaker a few years back....just gold

  • nisal on December 17, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    C'mon man, we love seeing you play, as a batsmen, fielder and bowler. Your great to watch and the fans will love you and T20 cricket in will be better when your in the spotlight, I mean I know you love cricket and you will make it a better environment, just enjoy yourself and do well mate, and then you could carry Queensland to victory and to the Champions League in India and play IPL as well hopefully.

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