Former Australian check cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died following a automobile accident in Queensland, Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday (May 15).
Symonds was aged 46. He had performed 26 exams for Australia.
Police mentioned the accident occurred in Hervey Range, 50 km from Townsville on Saturday evening. The automobile Symonds was driving left the highway and rolled, in accordance with a police assertion, which described it as a single automobile incident.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its very best,” mentioned Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson in an announcement.
“Andrew was a generational expertise who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as a part of Queensland’s wealthy cricket historical past.
“He was a cult determine to many who was treasured by his followers and mates.
“On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, team-mates, and friends.”
Symonds was a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning groups in 2003 and 2007 and appeared in 198 one-day internationals along with 26 exams from 2004 to 2008.
Known for his swashbuckling center order batting shows, he was an achieved all-rounder who might bowl each off-spin and medium tempo.
“Everyone had him earmarked as a white ball player,” former team-mate Mark Taylor advised Channel Nine.
“He needed to show to the world he might play check cricket and he did that means.
“He was simply an entertainer. He needed to go on the market and have enjoyable and play the sport he remembered to play it as a child.
“At times he got in trouble for not going to training or maybe having a few too many beers…but that is the way he lived his life and the way he wanted to play his cricket also.”
Symonds’ demise occurred with Australian cricket nonetheless coming to phrases with the the passing of all-time greats Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, who each died in March.
Queensland Police mentioned an investigation into the crash has been opened.
“Early information indicates, shortly after 11 pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” the police assertion mentioned.
“Emergency providers tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, nevertheless, he died of his accidents.
“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”