Darwin:Tasmanian seamer Brett Geeves is one player who will remember Australia's 180-run win over Bangladesh here for more than just the sideshow surrounding the absence of Andrew Symonds.
While the volatile Symonds was on a plane back to Queensland after being dropped from the Australian squad for going fishing instead of attending a team meeting, Geeves was making the most of an unlikely international debut yesterday.
Geeves wasn't even in Australia's original 14-man squad for the series, but he earned a late inclusion when paceman Brett Lee withdrew after the collapse of his marriage.
With Matthew Hayden then ruled out due to his Achilles problem, all-rounder Shane Watson suffering another injury setback and Symonds banished, the 26-year-old found himself suddenly making his one-day international debut.
Just 12 months after believing his first-class career was over, Geeves claimed 2-11 off 5 overs to cap a remarkable few days. "I never thought I'd play for Australia... for it to happen is quite unbelievable," he said on Sunday.
"Playing for Australia -- it's every boy's dream, so I'm very excited and if I can get another game in there at some stage it would be great."
Geeves recalled that he was about to quit cricket to take a labouring job last year, after falling out of favour with Tasmanian selectors.
"I was really, really close (to retiring)," he said.
"I was offered a job and I was going to take it and start on the Monday. But I spoke to my father and he said, 'No, don't. That would be pretty stupid.'
"Luckily I didn't, and it's all worked out quite well."
Geeves went away and worked on his fitness and bounced back with a fine domestic season.