Symonds to debut for Surrey in June

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Sydney, Apr 19 (ANI): All rounder Andrew Symonds has said that he is looking forward to joining the English county side Surrey to play Twenty20 and leaving Australia behind.

The troubled all-rounder, who lost his Cricket Australia contract following several alcohol-related indiscretions, is due to make his Surrey debut against Gloucestershire at the Brit Oval on June 8.

"It is fair to say that I had a tough couple of years trying to find a place in what was a changing environment (in Australia's international teams) and I am much happier away from that scene," he told the Sunday Mirror.

"I will always believe in playing my cricket hard but also believe in leaving it on the field. I have been described as all sorts of things by different people, it's amazing how well people think they know you. My friends and family give me all the important feedback I need."

Symonds added that he believed he had "mellowed in some respects". I have learned you can win games of cricket without hitting every ball for six," he said.

"I do enjoy Twenty20 though - if it's there to hit, it just has to go! I have always been an aggressive cricketer, I grew up watching Viv Richards and admired the way he went about it," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

"I think all forms of the game have become more athletic and more aggressive. I always had a short attention span as well so as the game gets shorter it just seems to suit me better," Symonds added. (ANI)

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