The world of cricket is in shock after former Australian cricket star Andrew Symonds died overnight at the age of 46.
The world of cricket is mourning the death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.
He was 46.
the courier mail reports that Symonds was involved in a car accident outside Townsville, where the Queenslander lived. He was the only person who traveled by car.
In a statement, Queensland Police said the one-car crash occurred in Hervey Range, as Symonds’ vehicle left the road and rolled over. Paramedics tried to rescue him but failed.
He leaves behind his wife Laura and children Chloe and Billy.
Symonds’ death comes after the shocking deaths of Australian cricket mates Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.
The popular all-rounder was a devastating hitter who could pitch at both medium and off-rotation rates, depending on the game situation. He was a key member of the Australian ODI teams who won the World Cup in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50 over format, scoring 5088 points and scoring 133 wickets.
Once classified as a white ball specialist, Symonds developed into a brilliant test player where he also built an impressive record. He wore the baggy green 26 times, scoring 1462 points with an average of 40.61.
He was also an exceptional defender, sensational both on the pitch and on border patrol.
There was a time when cricket fans wondered if Symonds would ever live up to its full potential. On occasion he has made useful contributions to the ODI team, but rarely has he produced the winning performances that a man of his talent was capable of.
Everything changed at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Selected to the squad at the urging of Ricky Ponting – one of his biggest supporters – Symonds marked his first century on the national team in the tournament opener against Pakistan, beating 143 non-eliminated.
His undefeated 91 in the semifinal against Sri Lanka was also pivotal as Australia continued to beat India in the final and Symonds suddenly believed he belonged to the top tier.
Symonds made his testing debut in 2004 and recorded his first century with whites for Australia against England at the MCG in 2006.
He hugged close friend Matthew Hayden in the middle after reaching the triple figures, in emotional scenes that have been repeated countless.
After his playing days ended, Symonds became a popular figure in the comment box, working for Fox Sports in international and even domestic matches, including the Big Bash League.
Originally published as Andrew Symonds died at age 46 after a tragic car accident