Symonds’ career ended under Clarke’s captaincy
He was ruled out of two One Day Internationals during Australia’s tour of England in 2005 after arriving in an inebriated condition for a match against Bangladesh. After three years, Symonds did not attend the team meeting because he went fishing in Darwin.
After this incident, he was sent home. Another disciplinary issue occurred on the eve of the 2009 T20 World Cup in England which led to his ouster from the Australian team. Clarke was the captain of the team at that time. With this his career with the Australian team came to an end as Cricket Australia canceled his contract soon after.
Symonds’ cricket career
Symonds took 165 wickets in his international career. He took 24 wickets in Test cricket, 133 in One Day Internationals and eight wickets in T20 matches. When Australia were in trouble after losing four wickets for 86 runs against Pakistan in the first match of the 2003 World Cup, he played a blistering innings of 143 runs in 125 balls, which was the most memorable innings of his career.
Symonds scored 5088 runs in ODIs with the help of six centuries after making his debut in 1998. He played for the now defunct Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. For Chargers, he scored an unbeaten 117 off 53 balls against Rajasthan Royals in the first tournament in 2008. After making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2004, he scored 1462 runs in Test cricket with the help of two centuries and 10 half-centuries. Symonds scored 156 runs in the Boxing Day Test of the 2006–07 Ashes series against England and then scored a career-best 162 against India in 2008 at Sydney.