Symonds may play against Holland

BASSETERRE (St. Kitts): Andrew Symonds could make a surprise comeback for Australia's World Cup Group A match against Netherlands on Sunday.

Skipper Ricky Ponting hinted at the early recall in an interview following Australia's 203-run win over Scotland on Wednesday in its opening match.

"(Symonds) told me on the bus this morning he was right to play today," Ponting said. "We'll see how he goes before the Holland game. It would be nice to give him a run there.

"If you know what Symmo's like, he would play with one arm if he could. But he's getting seriously close."

The Australian allrounder had surgery and originally was not expected to make a comeback at least until the March 24 match against South Africa.

Symonds has had gentle batting sessions in the nets for two weeks and started throwing this week.

Crucial days ahead

But Ponting cautioned that Symonds has only just started fully rotating his arm to bowl.

"He feels really comfortable with his batting, so the next three days, if he's going to be playing the Holland game, are going to be critical for him," Ponting said.

Asked if it is important for Symonds to have played before the South Africa match, Ponting was unequivocal.

"If he's absolutely 100 per cent fit, it would be perfect for him," Ponting said. AP