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CA asks Symonds to explain behaviour, to monitor him in ODIs

According to a report in the 'The Daily Telegraph', Symonds, who has been blamed for starting the spat with Harbhajan Singh in Sydney that almost derailed India's ongoing tour here, will meet CA boss James Sutherland to explain his actions.

cricket Updated: Jan 31, 2008 21:45 IST
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According to a report in the 'The Daily Telegraph'

Cricket Australia (CA) has sought an explanation from Andrew Symonds on his actions during the infamous Sydney Test and is also planning to keep a close eye on the all-rounder's on-field conduct during the upcoming tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.

According to a report in the 'The Daily Telegraph', Symonds, who has been blamed for starting the spat with Harbhajan Singh in Sydney that almost derailed India's ongoing tour here, will meet CA boss James Sutherland to explain his actions.

"Absolutely, we will take the opportunity to talk at the right time to Andrew and other players and the players as a group about some of the circumstances and some of the things that are reported in the judgment," Sutherland was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

However, the CA chief asserted that the all-rounder was a tough but fair playing cricketer.

"Andrew Symonds is a brilliant cricketer. He is a tough, uncompromising cricketer in terms of the way he plays the game," Sutherland said.

"He plays the game like most Australians are brought up to play. (But) no doubt with Andrew - as with many other people - there are some things for him to reflect on," he added.

Symonds has refused to speak on the matter after ICC appointed Appeals Commissioner John Hansen overturned the three-Test ban on Harbhajan by downgrading the racist abuse charges against the Indian.

Hansen blamed Symonds for sparking the furore by provoking Harbhajan and observed that the Indian off-spinner only reacted to the the Aussie's verbal attack.