Australia legend Andrew Symonds passed away in a tragic car crash at the age of 46.
Australia legend Andrew Symonds passed away in a tragic car crash at the age of 46. According to a report in Courier-Mail, Symonds was involved in a car accident outside Townsville, where the Queenslander lived. It has been reported, now, that he died in a single-car crash at Hervey Range outside of Townsville after his car rolled off the road. As per Queensland Police, emergency services attempted to revive Symonds after his car left a road and rolled after 11pm.
“However, he died of his injuries. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating,” police said in a statement. The news comes as a major shock to cricket lovers all over the world as they are still mourning the death of his compatriot and Australia great Shane Warne which occurred earlier this year. Symonds, a former teammate of Warne, had attended the spin great’s memorial at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Symonds, born on June 9, 1975, was a gutsy cricketer and his enthusiasm on the field was a fair reflection of his personality. The all-rounder was a devastating batter and could bowl medium-pace and off-spin, according to the need of his team and situation. He was a part of the dominating Australia side which was led by Ricky Ponting. He belongs to the golden generation of the Australian cricket and made many rivalries on the field. The 46-year-old was a vital cog in the Australia team which won the World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
His dream to wear the baggy green for Australia was fulfilled when he made his Test debut in March, 2004 against Sri Lanka. He went on to earn the baggy green 26 times in his career and contributed 1462 runs at an average of 40.61 and the high score of an unbeaten 162. Roy, as he was fondly known, scored two centuries and 10 half-centuries in the longest format of the game. One of his best Test campaigns came in 2007-08 when he accumulated 777 runs in nine Tests against Sri Lanka, India and the West Indies.
Symonds was touted as a white-ball specialist before he made his debut for Australia. He, however, worked on himself to do well in the longest format as well. His debut in the ODIs came against Pakistan on November 10, 1988. He also played his last match in the 50-over format against the same opponent. The 46-year-old had accumulated 5088 runs in the format and took 133 wickets.