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Don't expect Symo to be a saint: psychologist

Andrew Symonds may be mentally fit to return to the Australian cricket team but his sports psychologist has warned that the troubled all-rounder has not become a "saint" and there are problems that may return to haunt him in future.

cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2008 18:30 IST

Andrew Symonds may be mentally fit to return to the Australian cricket team but his sports psychologist has warned that the troubled all-rounder has not become a "saint" and there are problems that may return to haunt him in future.

"Don't expect him to be a saint. He has been dealing with some issues and problems and they may crop up again in the future," Phil Jauncey, who has been counselling the big-hitting player, was quoted as saying by 'The Herald Sun'.

"Roy has made great progress in the last few months but there are some fairly complex issues involved," he added.

When asked if Symonds would find it tough to gel with the team after being ousted for the 'gone-fishing' episode, Jauncey said it might be tough initially.

"Any time you've been away from a side for a while there are issues," he explained.

Jauncey was appointed by Cricket Australia in a panel to oversee Symonds' rehabilitation after he claimed to have lost the desire to play cricket.

The all-rounder was on Friday selected for the Test series against New Zealand, ending his exile from the team.