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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Adam Gilchrist: Symonds Should have been in Ashes 2009 Squad

Former Australian Adam Gilchrist has recently expressed his surprise at former team mate Andrew Symonds’ exclusion from Australia’s Ashes 2009 Series which will take place in England. Gilchrist was full of praise about Symonds while talking about talking about IPL 2009 where he captain Deccan Chargers to win the title. He said that Symonds was a key performer for Deccan this year besides stating that Symonds has the ability to turn the matches. Adam Gilchrist thinks that Symonds should have been included in Ashes squad.

Well, I also agree with Gilchrist on this regard. I admit that Symonds did not have good time over the last one year as he was suffering from injury and disciplinary problems too often. However, the all rounder retuned to Australian team with the series against Pakistan in UAE and indicated to get back his top form, and then finally in IPL 2009, he showed that he still deserved a place in Australian squad. I support Australian selectors’ youth policy, considering the long term benefit of the team. However, you can not forget the present in order to focus only on the future. Players like Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath, Warne, McGill and many more already retired. So, there are lots of places in the squad left to bring new faces and I do not think that Symonds’ exclusion was a right decision.

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