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CA's probe into Symonds' latest gaffe begins soon

Cricket Australia will decide by the weekend what action to take against seemingly habitual offender Andrew Symonds after he recently labelled Kiwi Test star Brendon McCullum a "lump of s***" in a radio interview.

cricket Updated: Jan 26, 2009 03:05 IST

Cricket Australia will decide by the weekend what action to take against seemingly habitual offender Andrew Symonds after he recently labelled Kiwi Test star Brendon McCullum a "lump of s***" in a radio interview.

CA Chief Executive Michael Brown would on Tuesday listen to audio of Symonds radio rant and decide if explanation should be sought from Symonds.

"I've heard the interview. I've sent the audio file to Michael Brown. He will listen to the tape on Tuesday and determine if anything needs to be done," said CA General Manager of public affairs Peter Young.

"There's no need to rush it any faster than that. Michael will talk to James Sutherland and make a decision sometime this week on what, if anything, he needs to do next," he was quoted as saying by 'The Sunday Telegraph'.

CA boss James Sutherland will return from annual leave on Wednesday.

Symonds made the bizzare comments live on air on radio station network 'Triple M' while taking a swipe at NSW for signing McCullum at the expense of a local player for the KFC Big Bash Twenty20 final against Victoria.

"They're trying to use him (McCullum) as the out because he's a Kiwi. Yep, we love to hate them, but he's the lump of s..., sorry, lump of cow dirt, that people are thinking of," Symonds had told the show hosts.

The paper claimed Symonds was out drinking at a pub prior to the six-minute radio interview, which he conducted from his home in the Gold Coast hinterland. The all rounder could face stern action from CA, even scrapping of his $500,000-a-year contract, after his fourth off-field misdemeanour in five months.