Well knownIs this documented in an interview or a book somewhere?
Yeah it was a tremendous innings. Australia could've had a totally different tournament if he didn't play it.Easy to underestimate what an amazing innings that century v Pakistan in the 2003 WC was.
Not only had he been in lousy ODI form for a fair while before it but the Australian side was in tumult leading up to that match; Lehmann suspended, Warne out of the tournament, Bevan injured.
What's more against a star-studded Pakistan bowling attack Australia was in big trouble; depleted batting lineup had ost 3 wickets inside first 10 overs and looked likely to be skittles.
But all that was forgotten once Symonds came in; absolutely smoked the Pakistan batting with some glorious clean hitting. Australia and he never looked back for the rest of the tournament. Indeed Symonds played two full WC without losing a match.
As someone said earlier he made what was already an outstanding ODI side into what was arguably the greatest ever.
So that's where they got all that pace from.For our younger members, here’s how things have changed
Doug Walters used to have a beer or 2 before going out to bat in a test match and a cigarette at drinks
Members of the great Windies teams smoked dope during games
Symonds turned up to a WC match straight from a nightclub but his behaviour was unacceptable by that time so he got punted
Heartbreaking.A witness, who found Symonds in his vehicle about two minutes after he crashed, told the Courier Mail that his two blue heelers refused to leave his side.
“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,” she said.
“It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.