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Symonds Test talk reaching a crescendo

By Michael Donaldson 02/03/2004 05:11:43 AM Comments (0)

The swell of support for Andrew Symonds to become a Test cricketer is building to tidal wave proportions ahead of next week's series start against Sri Lanka.

And Michael Kasprowicz hasn't made the first Test team selection any easier with a string of outstanding performances in the one-day series.

Symonds finished as the man of the one-day series after making 211 runs at an average of 70.33 and taking five wickets and he's primed to make an impact in the longer version of the game.

"I feel as ready as ever to play Test cricket if selected," Symonds said after yesterday's fifth and final one-dayer, which Sri Lanka won by three wickets.

"If I was chosen I wouldn't feel under-done or anything, I'd feel ready to accept the challenge if given the chance."

Unprompted, Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist threw his weight behind the Queenslander.

"There's 10 guys from this one-day squad that are staying on for the Tests and one of them is the man of the series, so he's in contention now for the Test matches," he said of Symonds.

"I thought he was outstanding in the one-day series.

"He's still learning each time he bowls as to what pace he wants to bowl, what variations he wants to bring in.

"He's certainly shaping up as a nice (Test) option whether it's in a sort of a front-line role or something to complement a couple of the options we've got. It's certainly got everyone thinking."

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