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Knight In Shining Armour

Two good seasons for Gloucestershire prompted the English selectors to ask Symonds if he was willing to join the A squad, but Symonds had his eyes set on a place in the Australian side.

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Had Andrew Symonds accepted the place he was offered in the England A squad back in 1995, he may by now have played far more of both Test cricket and one-day internationals. He may have even figured in the 1999 World Cup. But it would all have been for England, a country he was born in but left when he was barely two. Symonds with his typically Aussie traits, marked by tenacity and aggression, would probably have been a misfit among the Poms.

Symonds declined the offer, preferring to gamble and gain a place in the Australian national squad by turning out for Queensland in domestic cricket. He did make the Australian team in 1998-99, but missed out on the World Cup squad in 1999.

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