Ponting backs injured Symonds
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 6th February 2007
For the second time in as many World Cups, Australian captain Ricky
Ponting wants the selectors to take a major punt on allrounder Andrew
Ponting called for Symonds to be chosen in the 15-man World Cup squad,
even though the Queenslander is set to be sidelined for at least a
couple of months after undergoing surgery to re-attach his right bicep
to the bone.
The squad has to be finalised by February 13 and Ponting said he was
happy to carry an injured Symonds through the early stages of the
tournament if he can play a role later on.
"There's no reason why Andrew can't be named in our squad of 15 players
and come with us and hopefully be right through the middle of the
tournament," Ponting said on Sunday. "He's a very important player in
our team, he's a match-winning allrounder and would probably get picked
in most world XI one-day sides, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and
hope his recovery goes as well as possible."
It was Ponting's recommendation that earned Symonds a shock selection
for the 2003 World Cup - and it proved to be a master stroke, as the
all-rounder was a key player in Australia's victory.
Ponting also played a role in Symond's unexpected Test recall this
summer, as the skipper has become a patron saint of his close friend's
Australia plays its first World Cup match against Scotland on March 14,
but the Super Eight stage does not start until March 27. However there
are worries about the damage to Symonds's right arm, placing in doubt
his ability to bowl his spinners and seamers, and also reducing his
effectiveness in the field.
The Australian selectors were set to meet to discuss Symonds on Monday.