Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has revealed that he was on his last warning from Cricket Australia after his infamous night-out in Cardiff during the Ashes tour last year.
In his book Roy: Going for Broke, Symonds, who claims that now he is reformed and apologises to those involved in the Cardiff incident, gives all credit to teammate Michael Clarke who tried to revive him from his drunken spell.
And it was Clarke who again saved Symonds when he wanted to fight a Cheetahs rugby union player in a nightclub incident on Australia's tour of South Africa in March, a newspaper report publishing excerpts of the book said.
Clarke defused an explosive flare-up when Symonds wanted to "take it outside" from Cape Town's Hemisphere nightclub.
Symonds said he was on his last warning from Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland, who told him that his career was over if he got into trouble again.
Symonds, who was fined and suspended after his night of disgrace during the Ashes, had turned up at breakfast at the team hotel dressed in jeans and shirt from the night before.
"Then I fell asleep and the next thing I know I'm being pinched, prodded and poked before getting drenched with water," Symonds writes in his book.
"I didn't feel the first bottle of water that 'Pup' (Clarke) poured over me. The water that finally registered was when I was standing up, albeit unsteadily, in the shower.
"Another shower didn't help and by the time the warm-up started on the field, the gig was pretty well up, especially when I slipped off the wheelie bin that I was doing my stretches against."