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Symonds' returns, for Gold Coast Dolphins

September 23, 2008 01:34 IST

Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds, who was dropped from the India tour due to his 'go-fishing' fiasco, has made a low-profile return by appearing for his club side Gold Coast Dolphins in Brisbane.

While the Ricky Ponting-led team took off for the sub-continent, Symonds was batting for the Club. He hit a composed 52-ball 30, including his trademark straight six. 

"It was nice to get out there and have a hit and run around and catch up with a few of the boys. I am looking forward to getting back into a bit of a routine at Bulls training this week," Symonds was quoted as saying by the Courier Mail.

Queensland chairman of selectors Ray Phillips, who watched Symonds play, said, "He wants to play for Australia again and playing club cricket is the first step in that goal," Phillips said.

"We didn't prompt him to play," he added. Symonds was send home by the Australian team management after he missed an important meeting and went fishing in Darwin before the Bangladesh Tour last month.

33-year-old Symonds, who first declared he was contemplating retirement but later promised to return a "better person", was also promising at the bowling crease. He finished with the figures of 2-25 (8.1 overs).

Symonds may also get a chance to play when Queensland takes on visiting Indian Premier League team, the Kolkata Knights Riders in a series of Twenty20 matches as a season warm-up.

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