Good article, but from what I have seen of them both at the Test level, I don't see it. I could of course be proven wrong, as Yuvraj is most likely going to get his chance pretty soon. As for Symonds, I don't think he can be a particularly good all rounder at the test level, and neither his batting or bowling is enough to get him a place. Personally, as you mention, he is in conflict with Watson, who is a much better prospect. I would rather they pick up another full time batsman like Jaques or someone like that instead of trying for an all rounder.
Symonds will play Tests for Australia this summer. He'll probably make one good score that will excite people, and chime in with a two-fer in an afternoon as well, but otherwise be pretty poor.
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On Symonds: well, I should make my presence felt on the issue at leasty. I won't say anything else though - been there, done that too many times.
Yuvraj intrigues me, however. He's improved a lot as a batsman over the last year or two IMO and it wouldn't shock me if he turned out to be a decent test player. That doesn't mean I think he should be in the side now though, as I don't - there are better players ahead of him. Given Laxman seems to be on the decline somewhat, he may get his chance soon though, and I think he could go either way as a test batsman.
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Of course Symonds will.
The selectors are keen to get an all rounder in the team, Symonds is the best all rounder we have.
Watson is a joke basically. Sure he may be a slightly better bowler but Symonds is so much better with the bat its not funny.
Symonds is also much better in the field and hes also not a complete liability for the side.
Symonds could average 5 and I would still rate him higher than Watson.
Shield and International cricket are different things.
Sure Watson is a good shield player, but he cant step up to international, maybe thats being a bit unfair, he can step up to at least make it onto the team sheet but I would like to see him walk off the ground instead of being carried off.
I think Symonds will finally crack the test level. He finally began to show signs of doing that against England and even in ODI cricket, he is much more 'play to the situation' player these days rather than the gung-ho attitude we saw of him in the past. He does not throw his wicket away easily these days.
I think he is the perfect number 6 for Australia. You need a a player like him in that position, someone who can come in and take the match aways e.g. the 156 in Melbourne. Watson's batting will never cut it at test level from what I have seen of him (even if his FC average is very good). Symonds' first class record is over a much longer period.
He bats with a very awkward stance which sets him up for playing everything inside out. This is one of the reasons why looks so ugly when playing anything on the onside.
Lets hope Symonds improves his bowling a little though. I think Ponting, the captain, is a huge fan of Symo too, whcih helps his cause.
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