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    <!-str&#111;ng></STR&#111;NG -><CITE>March 04, 2008</CITE> <!- // author -><!- // lead story -><!- story ->

    IT was enough to make India spinner Harbhajan Singh think twice about niggling Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds ever again.

    Training with NRL club Brisbane paid off for Symonds on Tuesday night when he pulled off a monster shoulder charge to end an unsuspecting streaker's run in the second tri-series final against India at the Gabba.

    It has been a tension-filled summer for Symonds in the fallout over the Harbhajan racial row.

    And Symonds's anxiety was hardly helped when the out-of-form all-rounder walked onto the Gabba with Australia precariously placed at 3-32 chasing 259 for victory. But a grinning, naked man unwittingly let Symonds blow off some steam.

    During the 10th over, play was held up as the male streaker showed security a clean pair of heels - and a whole lot more.

    But as the smug pitch invader rounded Symonds to complete his naked lap, the burly Queenslander put on a hit that left the intruder air-borne - and the crowd gasping.

    Security quickly pounced as a nonchalant Symonds hardly moved at the non-striker's end, as if it was all in a day's work.

    It was a hit expected from a man who seriously contemplated taking up rugby league just six years ago.

    Symonds trained an off-season with the Broncos with his cricket career in limbo before the 2003 World Cup, prompting a heart-to-heart with Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett about a possible switch to league.

    It allowed him to come off much better than former Australia seamer Terry Alderman, who damaged his shoulder so seriously tackling an English pitch invader in Perth in 1982-83 that he was ruled out for the rest of the Ashes.

    But Australia cricketers have been known to make an example of nude intruders.

    In 1976 former Australia captain Greg Chappell was so incensed by a male streaker he spanked him on the bottom with his bat at Auckland's Eden Park.

    Kerry O'Keeffe recalled Chappell was found guilty of assault after a complaint from the streaker.

    "When he comes to he might want to consider his options,'' O'Keeffe joked on ABC Radio, referring tothe dazed intruder.

    Symonds could face a serious punishment if the International Cricket Council decides that he breached section 4.2 of the player's code of conduct relating to a physical assault of a rival player, an official or a spectator.

    It carries a ban ranging anywhere from five Test matches or 10 limited-overs internationals up to a life ban.

    The spectator is expected to be fined $3000 for invading the pitch - but faces a possible jail term for wilful exposure.

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    <DIV>I wouldn't mess with him anyway that's for sure.</DIV>
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      if only this was done to more streakers!
      g\'wan bruff!!

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        Reading it in the papers over here this morning, the cricket authorities have stated they aren't going to punish him, its up to the streaker to go to cops.
        Why is abbreviation such a long word?