July 31, 2007

Australian cricket

Symonds wrestles with rugby league giant

Peter English
Andrew Symonds with his injured arm strapped at Australia's training, Kingstown, St Vincent, March 5, 2007
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Andrew Symonds stepped into a training session with the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team and left with some not-so-gentle reminders of why cricket was a safer career choice. AAP’s Wayne Heming reports Symonds plans to attend a few more sessions in preparation for the Twenty20 World Championship in September.

"Hopefully this will help condition me,” he said. “It's a bit of fun and it's a bit different. You don't realise how skilful and strong these blokes are.''

Symonds considered switching to rugby league in 2003 but stayed with cricket and has become a key member of the one-day team. “For longevity in life, I think I picked the right sport.''

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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