In a tragic set of events, former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident on Saturday night. He was only 46 years old. Symonds was one of the great players to play for the Australian team and was a key part of the team throughout his career.
The former Australian all-rounder had played 26 Tests and had averaged over 40 but he was known for his white-ball exploits. He was a crucial part of the ODI squad which won 2003 as well as the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Andrew Symonds died on Saturday night in a car crash where he was the sole passenger in the car. The incident took place on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge, the police reported.
“Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” the police statement confirmed.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,” the statement added further.
Tributes pour in for Andrew Symonds
With dreadlocks and his face daubed with zinc cream, Symonds always cut a flamboyant figure in the Australian team. He always had disciplinary issues and often used to be in some controversy or the other. He once missed an ODI series because he had gone fishing at the time of the team meeting.
Allan Border, former Australian captain was one of the first people to pay tribute to Symonds on Sunday morning. This is the second death of a famous Australian cricketer in 2022 after legendary spinner Shane Warne was declared dead after a heart attack in Thailand two months back.
Fans and former cricketers from all over the world shared condolence messages for the departed soul.
Here are some of the reactions:
Shocking news to wake up to here in India. Rest in peace my dear friend. Such tragic news 💔🥲 pic.twitter.com/pBWEqVO6IY
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 15, 2022
Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That’s Roy. 💔😞
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) May 15, 2022
WTF is going on….
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) May 14, 2022
— Tino95 (@tinobest) May 15, 2022
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 15, 2022
Oh dear Lord!! No!!!😢
Condolences to the Symonds family and friends.#RIPRoy
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 15, 2022
Woke up to the sad news of the sudden death of Andrew Symonds. My condolences to the family, friends, well-wishers and fans. Rest in peace, Symmo 🙏
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) May 15, 2022
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) May 15, 2022
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul 🙏#RIPSymonds
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 15, 2022
Tragic news to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. Condolences to his family, friends and well wishers.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) May 15, 2022
Simmo .. This doesn’t feel real .. #RIP ❤️
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 14, 2022
Andrew Symonds featured in 198 ODIs – scoring six centuries and 30 half-centuries – while also contributing 133 wickets with his more than handy off-spin and medium pace. Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.
It was at the 2003 World Cup where Symonds burst onto the stage with perhaps his greatest innings as he torched Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament and helped Australia remain unbeaten and defeat India in a one-sided final.