Troubled Symonds to be sent back to rehab: Reports

Updated: 26 January 2009 10:47 IST

Embattled Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds will be sent to rehab for a second time in five months and not be considered for the Test tour to SA.

Troubled Symonds to be sent back to rehab: Reports

Melbourne:

Embattled Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds will be sent to rehab for a second time in five months and not be considered for the Test tour to South Africa after his radio diatribe against Brendon McCullum.

Symonds' drinking woes and penchant for getting himself in trouble has CA power-brokers at breaking point, but they also have serious concerns about his state of mind, the 'Herald sun' reported.

During a rambling and alcohol-fuelled radio outburst on Friday, Symonds called New Zealand batsman McCullum a "lump of s**t" after New South Wales signed him for the final of the domestic Twenty20 competition.

Symonds has tendered a public apology to McCullum insisting that the comments were made in jest but the newspaper said pressure has been mounting on Cricket Australia to tear up the all-rounder's contract.

"Influential CA figures are likely to order a review of the confidential psychological programme Symonds underwent after last year's 'gone fishing' affair in Darwin," the report said.

"The programme, which treated Symonds for a stress-related illness as well as drinking and anger-management issues, is set to be bulked up and more heavily scrutinised.

"With an increased focus on Symonds' rehab, he is unlikely to be considered for Australia's squad for the three-Test tour of South Africa to be named next week," it added.

Symonds is likely to be charged under CA's code of conduct for making detrimental public comments about an opponent and he also faces a suspension or a fine of up to $5750 if found guilty by CA bosses who meet on Tuesday.

It is the same charge Matthew Hayden faced for calling India spinner Harbhajan Singh an "obnoxious little weed" on radio last year.

Meanwhile, Queensland Bulls has named Symonds in their squad against Western Australia for a Sheffield Shield fixture at the Gabba this weekend.

Symonds will be back in the nets for the Bulls tomorrow, just one of two training sessions before his first-class return.

"We're still not sure if he is going to play. We haven't heard anything so it's business as usual," Queensland chief selector Ray Phillips Phillips said of Symonds.



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