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5 batsmen who made ducks on Test debut but went on to become greats

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#2 Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds made his Test debut for Australia against Sri Lanka in 2004 and fell for a duck in his first innings. He struggled for the rest of that tour, failing to pass 25 in any of his first four digs and was dropped afterwards. He was recalled in 2005 due to an injury to Shane Watson and again struggled.

On the verge of being dropped again after another failure in the first innings of the 2005 Boxing Day Test, Symonds belted 72 off 54 balls to kickstart his career. His most famous innings in the Test arena was the brutal 156 he scored in the 2006 Boxing Day Test against England, putting on a 279-run partnership with good friend Matthew Hayden when they were in deep trouble.

After a number of off-field incidents, Symonds played his final Test in 2009, finishing up with 1,462 runs at an average of 40.61 including two hundreds, as well as a first-class average of 42.20 with 40 centuries.

Symonds is hailed as a trailblazer for Australian cricket as he set the standard for modern players with his breathtaking fielding, astonishing big-hitting and ability to bowl both medium pace and off-spin.

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