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Symonds shoulder charges streaker

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    Symonds shoulder charges streaker

    Peter English at the Gabba
    March 4, 2008

    Andrew Symonds' eventful season has continued with him shoulder charging a streaker while batting in the second final in Brisbane. Symonds, who was at the centre of the Sydney Test controversy, was standing at the non-striker's end when a man entered the field and began dodging security guards and players.

    When the spectator ran near Symonds, the batsman moved across and bumped into him in a shepherding action more familiar to the Brisbane Lions Australian rules team when it plays at the Gabba. The force of Symonds' shoulder sent the man to the ground and security and police swarmed before taking him from the field.

    Symonds, who sometimes trains with the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team, remained unflustered but it was unclear whether any action would be taken over the unscheduled tackle. State and national officials were checking the ICC's code of conduct to determine whether an offence occurred. The Level 4.2 regulation covers "physical assault on another player, umpire, referee, official or spectator".

    Symonds is not the first Australian to have had an altercation with a spectator. Greg Chappell once whacked a streaker on the backside with his bat after the man ran on to the field and shook the batsman's hand. Terry Alderman, the former Australia swing bowler, was less fortunate than Symonds when he tackled an English fan during the 1982-83 Ashes series, dislocating his shoulder and not playing a Test for 18 months.

    Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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