Symonds in big demand

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Melbourne, Oct 23 (UNI) After the humiliating defeat of the world champions in Mohali, the voices asking for the inclusion of all-rounder Andrew Symonds in the Australian squad have just become louder.

Former Australian fast bowler, Mike Whitney told 'The Daily Telegraph' that Symonds' aggression was just the kind of medicine the Australian team currently needed.

''Roy (Andrew Symonds) is such an intimidating character, have a look at him. Our fielding was not up to scratch in the second Test, neither was our batting nor bowling. Roy would certainly add some spice to the series,'' Whitney said.

Jimmy Maher too said Cricket Australia (CA) selectors needed to consider taking a gamble and fly Symonds out to India.

''I really think Australia need Roy in India, I'd be getting him in the Test side as soon as possible,'' Maher said.

''Symo (Symonds) is a player for a crisis and I'd say, 1-0 down in a four-Test series, that is Australia in crisis.

''He can turn a game in the space of an hour with his batting and his spin bowling would also be very important on turning Indian pitches.'' Former coach John Buchanan said the Australians missed a player like Symonds.

''There is no question that the Australian side is missing his playing ability and his character,'' he said.

Symonds was ruled ineligible for selection for the Indian tour and asked to undergo rehabilitation in the aftermath of the 'fishing-saga'.


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