Symonds says England Twenty20 is `a bit of funí
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 10th January 2007
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds says Tuesday's Twenty20
International against crushed Ashes rivals England will not have any
bearing on the following one-day tri-series.
Twenty20 cricket has been embraced by fans and there are Twenty20 World
Championships next September, but Symonds says the sold-out Sydney
Cricket Ground game is "a bit of fun".
"You still do have that element of pride at the end of the day but it
doesn't have that complete sense of seriousness about it," Symonds told
reporters Monday. "If you win, you win, but we won't be taking it into
the first one-day international saying - 'We rolled England in a
Symonds, while conceding England would be desperate for a win after the
historic 5-0 Ashes whitewash last Friday, said he did not think the
side, now captained again by Michael Vaughan, should get carried away
by the match.
"They're probably in a different place to us at the moment - we're
pretty high on life and they're very disappointed in what they've
achieved I'd say," he said. "But a game like this is a bit of fun and
you don't want to be stringing yourself up with your bootlaces if they
were to get flogged again tomorrow night. That's not what the idea of
the exercise is."
Symonds said he expected plenty of banter between the two sides and
said the light-hearted match would be a perfect return after the Ashes
"It should be a bit of fun and both teams will probably have a bit of
fun with each other and the crowd and all that sort of thing," he said.
Australia's pace attack will include Ashes 12th man Mitchell Johnson
and Tasmanian youngster Ben Hilfenhaus, who were called into the squad
for the resting Glenn McGrath and Stuart Clark.
Johnson said he was looking forward to taking an active role in the
national side after a five-game Ashes stint as 12th man.
"It can be (a nightmare) and you have to have a bit of luck," he said.
"You can bowl your best ball and still get hit for six but I think
you've got to deal with it. You have to mix your line and length and
pace otherwise you will get punished. But it will be good fun. I've
been sitting around and watching the guys, and while it has been very
exciting for me, it will be nice to get out there and play."
Test opener Matthew Hayden will have his first international tilt in
the Twenty20 format since the 2005 tour of England while Cameron White,
Brad Hogg and Nathan Bracken come in after missing the Ashes.
Australian Twenty20 squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist,
Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Cameron
White, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Ben