Krusty The Clown, otherwise known as Queensland all-rounder Andrew Symonds, is no Test cricketer, says The Northern Star?s Paul
Krusty The Clown, otherwise known as Queensland all-rounder Andrew Symonds, is no Test cricketer, says The Northern Star?s Paul

Andy not so handy in Testing times

By PAUL ATTEWELL

THERE seems to be an obsession in Australian cricket at the moment with finding an all-rounder for the Test team.

We've been No1 in the world for 10 years without needing one.

Andrew Symonds is one of our best one-day international cricketers, but doesn't cut the mustard in the Test arena. His bowling will never win us a game and his batting hasn't come up to scratch.

Same with Shane Watson.

If we had an Andrew Flintoff, Jaques Kallis, Jacob Oram or even Dwayne Bravo to call on, fair enough, but we don't.

There's no Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev or Richard Hadlee on the horizon.

Australia has had only three world-class all-rounders since World War II ? Keith Miller, Richie Benaud and Alan Davidson ? and only one before that as far as I can ascertain ? Jack Gregory.

Gary Gilmour was brilliant for a season or two, Simon O'Donnell came and went, as did Tom Moody.

No matter. Our cricket remains strong and we have depth the envy of every other Test-playing nation.

The selectors should just get back to picking our best XI ? six batsmen, wicketkeeper-batsman and four bowlers ? until someone special comes along.



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