In another tragic blow to Australian cricket, Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident at the age of 46.
Senior cricket journalist Robert Craddock reports that the former The all-rounder was killed about 50 kilometers from Townsville on Saturday night,
A statement from Queensland Police said Symonds was in a car accident at around 10.30 pm.
Police say Symonds was driving on Hervey Range Road near the Ellis River Bridge when his car veered off the road and rolled over.
Paramedics arrived at the scene, but could not revive the former Australian fan, who was the only person in the car.
Former teammate and Fox Cricket colleague Adam Gilchrist led a tribute for the man who was affectionately known as Roy.
“It really hurts,” Gilchrist tweeted, while Michael Vaughan wrote: “Simmo.. it doesn’t feel real.
Jason Gillespie tweeted, “Terrible news to wake up to.” “Absolutely devastated.
“We are all going to miss you friend.”
Meanwhile, Australia great Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9 when the news broke.
“I absolutely can’t believe it. Another sad day for cricket. Bad things happen in threes,” he said.
Taylor said: “He was just an entertainer. In an era where professionalism is really a throwback word we probably use too often. Simo was the old kind of guy.
“He wanted to go out there and have fun and play that game he remembered playing as a kid.
“Sometimes he gets in trouble for not going to training or maybe drinking too much beer in life, but that’s the way he lived his life and the way he wanted to play his cricket too.”
Symonds is the third Australian cricketer to have died suddenly this year, following the tragic deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.
Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia, and was an integral part of Australia’s white-ball sides that dominated the world between 1999 and 2007.
He won the ODI World Cup in 2003 and 2007, including the former tournament, scoring an unbeaten 143 against Pakistan, which set the rest of his career.
Symonds was a force in limited-overs cricket, scoring 5,088 runs at 39.75 and taking 133 wickets at 37.25, while being one of the game’s finest fielders.
He was once only pigeonholed as a white-ball player, but eventually joined Australia’s Test team in 2004, averaging 40.61 with the bat and scoring two centuries.
In retirement, both Warne and Symonds were important members of Fox Cricket’s commentary team.
Symonds’ last post on Instagram came after Warne’s death, when he wrote: “Devastated, I’m hoping this is all a nightmare.
“I just can’t turn my head to never see you again.”
He was famously a keen fisherman and was often found on a boat, if not commenting for Fox Cricket.
Symonds is survived by wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.
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