A Birmingham-born power hitter who could have played for England, he has come of age in the past two years, a period in which he earned his first Test caps for Australia.
It was at skipper Ricky Ponting's behest that he went to the 2003 World Cup, where an unbeaten 143 saved his team against Pakistan.
Symonds is a brilliant fielder and offers both medium pace and spin.
He was an important member of Australia's one-day squad on the tour of England in 2005 and averaged 72.66 in the NatWest Series, with two half-centuries in four innings.
The all-rounder was not included in the Test squad for the 2005 Ashes and, having had previous spells in county cricket with Gloucestershire and Kent, he joined Lancashire as a replacement for Muttiah Muralitharan, who linked up with Sri Lanka.
Symonds made his debut in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy quarter-final against Sussex at Old Trafford and made a dream start to his time with the Red Rose county.
He hit 101 from 121 balls, took two crucial wickets, claimed four catches and executed a run out as Lancashire won by 35 runs.
He is a key member of Australia's one-day side and was recalled to the Test squad for the third Ashes Test in Perth in December 2006 after Damien Martyn's dramatic retirement from cricket.
He made the most of the three Tests he played, making 156 in Perth in partnership with Matthew Hayden and followed it up with a 48 in Sydney to prove to his doubters that he could play at that level.
He helped Australia retain the World Cup in 2007.