Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Symonds Back in Batting Hot Seat

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Symonds Back in Batting Hot Seat

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ANDREW Symonds will remain in a cricketing hot seat even if the wayward all-rounder escapes a ban for his latest misdemeanour.

Facing a cut-throat audition to regain his Test position, Symonds will bat at the dangerous No.4 position when he returns from injury for Queensland on a difficult Gabba wicket later this week.

Sidelined since the start of the year following knee surgery, he was yesterday selected for the Bulls' Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia, starting Friday. It will be his one and only chance to prove his fitness and form before selectors sit down to name their Australian squad for next month's three-Test tour of South Africa.

Despite the high stakes of the Shield match, the Queensland selectors aren't about to make any concessions for Symonds, who has struggled up the order early this season.

The swashbuckling Test No.6 failed in his four bats at No.4 for the Bulls at the seam-friendly Gabba, scoring 5, 5, 26, 0 as he was exposed to the swinging new ball. …

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