Chappell advices Symonds to take rest

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Sydney, Sep 3 (UNI) Empathising with the stiff-torn Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, former skipper Greg Chappell has adviced that the prolific batsman should take some time away from cricket and work out what's important for him.

Symonds is pondering his future after being sent home from Darwin last week for a disciplinary breach where the Australian team was assembled to play a three match one-day series against Bangladesh.

''There are a lot of stresses away from the field,'' said Chappell, who infamously ordered his brother Trevor to bowl under-arm in a one-day match against New Zealand, and also sat out tours even though he was Australian captain at the time.

''The constant focus of attention on everything that you do, anything that goes wrong will be highlighted.'' ''Learning to deal with all of that and understanding how it fits into a successful career and a successful team is a very important part of the mentoring role,'' he added.

Chappell, who also struggled to cope with the stresses and strains in the early 1980s, hoped Symonds would return to the international game.

''Hopefully he decides playing for Australia is very important because he is a terrific cricketer and we all want to see him playing for Australia as long as possible,'' he said.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland also extended his helping hands to the 33-year-old hard hitting batsman by saying that the Symonds has the complete support of the organisation.

''He has our absolute support and we've already gone to great lengths to ensure appropriate processes are in place for him,'' he said.

''The feedback I have got from inside the team is that they have dealt with it as a welfare issue. There's some discipline issues related to it, but ultimately it's a welfare issue,'' he added.

Sutherland also expressed his desire that Symonds should play for the country.

''We all want Andrew Symonds up and going, playing cricket for Australia.'' He said CA had a ''duty of care'' to help Symonds as an employee, especially if he returned during an important series followed by a busy international schedule.

''From the start of the India tour (this month) onwards, it's a very, very busy schedule,'' he said.

''There are not a lot of breaks and we need people who are up and going and want to be there and have the tools in place to deal with the ups and downs that come with being a member of a high-profile team.

''There is no point speculating when Andrew is going to be back; there are a lot of things that need to be worked through,'' he added.


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