Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer, was died in a car accident. CA announced Sunday that former all-rounder Andrew Symonds died in a car accident. Adding to the sport’s recent losses of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
Cricket Australia announce on Sunday that swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds died in a car accident, adding to the sport’s recent losses of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh. The 46-year-old, who represented Australia in 26 Tests and 198 ODIs from 1998 to 2009. Died in a single-car accident outside Townsville, Queensland, on Saturday night. According to police, emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate the driver and sole occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries after the car left the road and rolled.
In a statement, Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said, “Australian cricket has lost another of its very best.”
“Andrew a generational talent who contribute to Australia’s World Cup success as well as Queensland’s rich cricket history.”
“To many, he was a cult figure who treasured by his fans and friends,” he added.
Symonds’ death comes just months after the unexpected deaths of fellow Australian greats Warne and Marsh from heart attacks.
“Unfortunately, given the circumstances, I’ve been here far too frequently this year. To be honest, I can’t quite believe it “Mark Taylor, a former Australia captain, told Channel Nine. “Yet another sad day for cricket.”
The larger-than-life character Symonds was well-like not only for his hard-hitting style of play, but also for his easygoing personality.
He was widely regard as one of the most talented all-rounders in Australian cricket history, bowling both off-spin and medium pace and batting with explosive middle-order power.
Symonds also an excellent fielder who helped Australia win back-to-back 50-over World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
Domestically, he spent 17 seasons with Queensland, as well as stints with Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, and Surrey in the English County Championship and Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Andrew Symonds death: ‘Utterly devastated’
“Horrendous news to wake up to,” tweeted former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie. “Utterly devastated. We’re all gonna miss you mate.”
Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate who more recently commentated alongside Symonds at Fox Sports, wrote: “This really hurts,” while Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he is “devastated”.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said: “Simmo … this doesn’t feel real #RIP.”
Symonds, who was born in England to Afro-Caribbean parents, will be remember for the infamous “monkeygate” scandal, which sent him into a downward spiral.
In the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney, he accused India spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey.”
Singh suspended for three games after denying any wrongdoing. The ban lifted after India threatened to cancel the tour, signaling a low point in India-Australia cricket relations.
The Australian player later revealed that it cost him a lot of money.
“From that point on, it was a downhill slide,” he said in 2018. “As a result, I began to drink heavily, and my life began to unravel around me.”
His contract with Cricket Australia terminated in June 2009 after he sent home from the World Twenty20 in England for the latest in a string of alcohol-related infractions.
Despite their animosity, Symonds and Harbhajan reconciled and played together in the Indian Premier League, with the Australian later going on to have a successful career as a respected television commentator.