Brilliant Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has succumbed to a wrist injury and will have surgery in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Eager to make the most of break in a heavy schedule, Symonds will have minor surgery on his left wrist after nursing the injury throughout the summer.
While the injury will sideline Symonds for six weeks, Australia team physiotherapist Errol Alcott said the surgery would reduce inflammation in his wrist.
"He's got a flake in there that's lodged at some point in time," Alcott told the Herald Sun.
"It's just a lining of the bone which in the complicated movement of swinging the bat around at different positions and angles and forces, there can be inflammation and soreness."
"It's a bit of an occupational hazard of course, particularly for someone like him fielding in close."
The Queenslander's manager Matthew Fenton said the heavy schedule had taken its toll on his wrist.
"It's something when he plays a lot of cricket, he notices," Fenton said.
"It's something that he has had for a quite a while."
"They (the players) now have got a decent break, it's an opportune time to look at it."