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Symonds passes first of two fitness tests


BRISBANE, Australia, March 19 (AFP) - All-rounder Andrew Symonds passed an initial fitness test here Monday but will have to wait for an all clear from chief national selector Trevor Hohns before leaving to play in the one-day series in India.

Symonds injured his right shoulder while packing his bags on Friday night, slipping off an ice cooler he was using to reach some stored playing gear at home.

He was examined Monday by Queensland team doctor Simon Carter who watched him bat and bowl in the nets and work in the field.

After a series of telephone calls to Australian Cricket Board team doctor Trevor James and to Hohns, Carter gave Symonds the good news.

But his passport will not be stamped until he repeats the fitness test Tuesday for Carter and in front of Hohns to make sure the injury does not flare.

Symonds hit the ball powerfully in the nets and, after a few tentative overs of spin bowling, came off a longer run to send down several medium-paced deliveries.

He then tested his injured shoulder with some some fielding drills.

"I was surprised how good it felt then," said Symonds.

"There's a little bit of pain there, but it's not as sharp as it was the other day.

"At this stage everyone's happy but they want to check me again tomorrow morning to see how it pulls off after it cools down."

New South Wales fast bowler Nathan Bracken also missed the flight to Bombay Saturday after losing his travel documents.

Officials were unable to get a replacement passport and visa in time for Bracken to catch the flight with one-day teammates Darren Lehmann, Michael Bevan and Ian Harvey. He was expected to leave Monday.







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