Counselling made me patient: Symonds

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> He often courted troubles because of his temperament but Andrew Symonds says he has learnt to be patient.

Updated: March 09, 2009 16:10 IST
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He often courted troubles because of his temperament but Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds says he has learnt to be patient, thanks to the counselling session he got on the recommendation of Cricket Australia.

His various on and off-field antics led to his ouster from the team and CA then sent him on rehabilitation.

Symonds says his perspective of seeing life has changed and he will continue these counselling sessions.

"I've become more tolerant of the way I've got to live. That's the thing that used to frustrate me. (Counselling) really helped. I'll see it right through because it's been great for me," Symonds said.

The destructive batsman revealed he also encountered depression during his tough days but good counselling helped him overcome that.

"They didn't sit me down and tell me I was diagnosed with depression. But I was affected somehow. There was no piece of paper that said I had depression but I may have.

"A deliberate part of counselling is they don't sit there and try to destroy you with some computer read-out or way that they've analysed you," Symonds told 'Courier Mail'.

The flamboyant all-rounder also turned philosophical while talking about the bushfire tragedy in his country and terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore on March 3.

"These bushfires and this terrorism stuff towards the Sri Lankans, it puts things into perspective. Walking out there and scoring no runs is pretty unimportant if you have had your house burnt down and you have lost your family," said Symonds.

"Things like that have helped me realise what's important in life."

Symonds also claimed he has learnt to control his drinking habit.

"Yeah, there were days where I was drinking too much and binge drinking, using it as an excuse if I'd had a bad day or if something hadn't gone right.

"The answer for me is controlling it and knowing when to have a beer and what's appropriate. I believe I've done that well now," he said.

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