Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident aged 46.
He is survived by his wife Laura and his children Chloe and Billy.
Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia as well as 198 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20 internationals.
Known affectionately as “Roy”, Symonds was one of the best all-rounders to represent the country.
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He was a right-handed hitter who could blast opposition attacks out of the park and had the ability to roll at both medium and off-rotation pace.
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Some of his iconic moments came when he wore Australia’s green and gold for the one-day team, which he helped win two World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
His crowning innings came at the 2003 World Cup when he hit 143 from 125 to lead the Australians to victory over Pakistan.
“Unfortunately I’ve been here too many times this year under these circumstances. I actually can’t believe it, to be honest,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor told Nine’s. Today.
“Another tragic day for cricket.”
Symonds made his Test debut in 2004 against Sri Lanka at Galle but was dropped from the squad after two matches.
His finest moment in Test cricket would come two years later, when Symonds was selected for his first Ashes series.
Beating with close friend Matthew Hayden at the MCG, Symonds scored his first Test century, hitting 156 against England before being caught off guard.
“That cent he got at the MCG was probably his breakthrough moment, because he was there with his mate, Matty Hayden,” Taylor said. Today.
“It was a great moment because that passion was there. He wasn’t really seen as a cricketer tester, everyone had singled him out as a cricketer, but he wanted to prove to the world that he was a cricket tester, and he did it. That day.”
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As he desperately sought to prove himself in the game’s purest form, white-ball cricket is where Symonds dominated.
He averaged an astonishing 48.14 for Australia in Twenty20 and 39.75 with the bat in the ODIs.
His position in Twenty20 cricket was showcased at the Indian Premier League auction in 2008, where he was the most popular foreign player and bought for $1.95 million by the Deccan Chargers.
While Symonds was a beloved figure in the game, controversy plagued his career.
He was the subject of a racist scandal during a 2008 series against India, when Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Symonds a “monkey”, although the Indian player has always denied using the word.
The famous 2008 Symonds streaker incident
Symonds was fired from the test team in 2008 when he went fishing in Darwin instead of attending a team meeting.
When he returned to the team, he was again embroiled in controversy when he was involved in a pub fight while celebrating a win.
Symonds was dropped from the squad again after breaking team rules by drinking on the eve of the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup.
He played his last Test match against South Africa in 2008 and specialized in white-ball cricket until his retirement from all forms in 2012.
Perhaps his most watched highlight came at the Gabba in 2008, when he leveled a nude streaker with the perfect hip and shoulder.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its best,” said Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson.
“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history.
“He was a cult figure to many who was cherished by his fans and friends.
“On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest condolences go out to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”
CAREER OF ANDREW SYMONDS
Trials: 26 games, batting average 40.61, bowling average 37.33
ODI: 198 games, batting average 39.75, bowling average 37.25
T20Is: 14 games, batting average 48.14, bowling average 34.62
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