Perth Now – “I remember David Shepherd coming from the side and saying, ‘don’t do anything stupid Symmo, don’t do anything stupid’ and he got between us.
- The final decision was made to axe Waugh as ODI captain and from the XI in early 2002 and at the end of the year they doubled down on that decision by leaving him out of the initial 30-man World Cup squad.
- Few men had as much of an impact on Symonds’ career as Ponting, and the skipper was integral to bringing him into the inner circle of Australian cricket, making sure he knew he had earned his spot.
- Just two day outs from the World Cup, the tournament – Australia in particular – was rocked.
- Alongside the man who had backed him into the XI, Symonds rebuilt Australia’s innings, putting on 60 runs with Ponting to drag the innings towards 150.
- He went on to produce the innings of his life, notching his first century and breaking Mark Waugh’s record for the highest score by an Australian at the World Cup.