DUBAI (AFP) - Exiled Andrew Symonds capped his international comeback with usefull allround contributions in Australia's win in the second match against Pakistan on Friday, saying it gave him belief he can still excel. The 33-year-old all-rounder, who was once told to seek counselling after a series of alcohol-related incidents, is on the comeback trail after being left out of the team for several months. Symonds, whose last one-day match was against the West Indies in July 2008, made amends for his failure in the first match on Wednesday, taking two cheap wickets to dismiss Pakistan for a modest 207 and then hit a brilliant 58 to anchor Australia's six-wicket win. The victory on Friday left the five-match series 1-1 with the the remaining three matches in Abu Dhabi on April 27, May 1 and 3. Pakistan won the first match by four wickets. Symonds said he was pleased with his performance. "It's great to be back," said Symonds after he was named man-of-the-match. "I really enjoyed the last two games, the first game was very disappointing to lose. That was a feeling I haven't had for a while so it's nice to bounce back." Symonds, who was left out of the Australian team for the tour of India last year after he missed team practice and instead went fishing, said the performance lifted his confidence. "I felt good and I sort of showed myself that I could still do it at this level, I have been away for quite a while and that was probably going through my head, whether I could fire the way when I played successfully," said Symonds. Symonds said he did not bother about his critics and wanted to enjoy the game. "I am too old to worry about my critics," he said jokingly. "There are too many of them (critics) so I just enjoyed being out there and the win was a great feeling after losing the first game. "I wasn't in the side so it's a nice feeling to score a fifty." Symonds said it was frustrating to be left out of the team. "There were many (feelings), mostly frustration, really. When the team was losing, you know it was frustrating to sit and watch and feel very helpless. I desperately wanted to be there (in the team)," said Symonds. Despite not being in the best of form, Symonds was picked for the series against Pakistan as the selectors wanted to test him before the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in England next month and then the all important Ashes. "At his best Andrew is a dynamic one-day player with an outstanding record. It will now be up to him to seize this opportunity of playing against Pakistan," Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said earlier this month. Symonds agreed it was a very important series for him. "Yeah, this is a very important tour for me, I have to do very well, I think, but more importantly it's important that the team do well, we haven't probably achieved as a team as much as we would have liked to," he said. Asked whether the Ashes was on his mind, Symonds said: "I have to score a few runs and take wickets, so the first task is to perform here and then think ahead."