No Symonds for India tour

Updated: 20 October 2008 12:37 IST

Andrew Symonds returned to form with a 73-run knock for his state side Queensland but CA ruled out a hasty national comeback for the troubled all-rounder.

Melbourne:

Andrew Symonds returned to form with a 73-run knock for his state side Queensland but Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland ruled out a hasty national comeback for the troubled all-rounder despite the batting woes of Ricky Ponting's men in the Test series against India.

"It's not an issue for the selectors at this stage. There are medical and other related issues that are being worked through as part of the process.

"There is a staged process that Andrew has got to go through to get through the gate, so to speak," Sutherland, who is in Mohali for the second Test in which the Aussie batting collapsed like a house of cards in the first innings, said.

Sutherland said though he was happy to see Symonds back in action on the field, the exiled all-rounder will have to some while before staking a claim for national comeback.

"He is back playing cricket, which is good, but there is a whole lot of other things that need to be satisfied before we get to a stage for the selectors to have an interest in it," the CA chief explained.

"I am satisfied that he is working in the right direction to play cricket for Australia again," he was quoted as saying 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

Symonds scored a crucial 73-run knock in Queensland's 147-run win over New South Wales.

It was a welcome return to form for the embattled player, who had scored just 27 runs in the previous eight innings for Queensland after being thrown out of the national team for the 'gone fishing' episode.

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