Andrew Symonds dead at 46: Cricket star dies in car accident

The cricketing world is in shock after former Australian cricket star Andrew Symonds died overnight aged just 46.

The cricketing world is in mourning after the death of former Australian star Andrew Symonds on Saturday night.

He was 46 years old.

the Mail-Mail reports that Symonds was involved in a car accident outside Townsville, where the Queenslander lived. He was the only person traveling in the car.

In a statement, Queensland Police said the single-car accident happened in Hervey Range as Symonds’ vehicle left the road and rolled away. Paramedics tried to save him but were unsuccessful.

He is survived by his wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.

Symonds’ passing comes after the shock deaths of fellow Australian cricketing greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.

Former teammates, colleagues and fans were in shock, taking to social media to pay their respects. Legendary wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist was among many to express their sadness, saying it “really hurts”.

The versatile all-rounder was a devastating hitter who could roll at medium or off-rotation pace, depending on the game situation. He was a key member of Australia’s ODI squads that won the World Cups in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50-over format, scoring 5,088 runs and taking 133 wickets.

Once pigeonholed as a white ball specialist, Symonds transformed into a brilliant Test player where he also built an impressive record. He carried the baggy green 26 times, scoring 1,462 carries at an average of 40.61.

He was also an outstanding outfield player, sensational both on the pitch and patrolling along the boundaries.

There was a time when cricket fans wondered if Symonds would ever live up to his full potential. He made practical contributions to the ODI team on occasion, but rarely produced the winning performances a man of his talent was capable of.

Everything changed at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Selected into the squad at the request of Ricky Ponting – one of his biggest supporters – Symonds marked his first international century in the tournament’s opener against Pakistan, crushing 143 uneliminated.

His unbeaten 91 in the semi-final against Sri Lanka was also vital as Australia beat India in the deciding match, and Symonds suddenly thought he belonged at the top level.

Symonds made his Test debut in 2004 and recorded his first century in white for Australia against England at the MCG in 2006.

He hugged his big friend Matthew Hayden in the middle after hitting triple figures, in emotional scenes that have been replayed countless times since.

After his playing days ended, Symonds became a popular figure in the commentary box, working for Fox Sports through international fixtures and also domestic matches, including the Big Bash League.

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