Love of rugby, beer cost Symonds dear

Symonds was sent home from the event held in England after breaking an alcohol-related team agreement, Cricket Australia had said at that time.

Opening up about the episode that also cost him his central contract with CA, Symonds said he went out to watch a rugby league match between NSW and Queensland at a pub after the practice match against Bangladesh and returned late, that too drunk.

“I love Origin football and for me, with Origin football comes a few beers. I was wrapped up in watching football and then when I got back (from the pub), I knew then (my career was over),” Symonds revealed in an interview to Channel Nine’s ‘60 Minutes’ programme.

The 34-year-old said he felt ‘caged-in’ and feared a mental breakdown due to his inability to cope with the pressures of being an international cricketer.

“It takes it out of you, a little bit at a time. Then there’s the build-up from that, and then, boom,” Symonds said.

“I sit back now and I look at it and I think at some point I was going to blow. Whether it was now, or whether it was in two months time,” he added. Symonds said he could understand the anger and frustration among fans. “Yeah I can, because I know how desperately I wanted to play for Australia. Still to this day I realise how lucky I am (to have played for Australia).”

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