This is the third major setback in the last two months for the Australian cricket world, which on March 4, within a few hours, legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne and legendary wicket-keeper road marsh was also lost.
According to a statement issued by Queensland Police, the accident occurred on Saturday night on the Harvey Range Road, about 50 km from Townsville in north-east Australia.
“Police are investigating a vehicle crash that killed a 46-year-old last night on the Harvey Range, about 50 km from Townsville,” the statement said.
According to the police statement, “Preliminary information indicated that the car was being driven on Harvey Range Road after 11 p.m. and it veered off the road near the Ellis River Bridge.”
It said, ‘Emergency service workers tried to save the 46-year-old driver who was the only person in the vehicle. However, he died due to injuries.
He was later identified as Andrew Symonds.
Apart from being an aggressive batsman, Symonds was also an excellent fielder capable of bowling medium pace and spin. He played 26 Tests, 198 One Day Internationals and 14 T20 Internationals for Australia from 1998 to 2009.
He was a key member of Australia’s team that won the ODI World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
Cricket Australia (CA) President Laklen Henderson said, ‘Australian cricket has lost another best player. Andrew was a once-in-a-generation talent, instrumental in Australia’s success in the World Cup and a part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history.
“On behalf of Australian Cricket, our sympathies go out to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends,” he said.
Symonds took 165 wickets in his international career. He took 24 wickets in Test cricket, 133 in One Day Internationals and eight wickets in T20 matches.
He scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries in 198 ODIs. Also contributed 133 wickets with his easy off-spin and more than medium pace.
Tragic news surrounding the former Australia all-rounder and our thoughts are with his friends and family.https://t.co/6eXiz8Mb5O
— ICC (@ICC) May 14, 2022
Symonds scored 337 runs in 14 T20 matches for Australia besides taking eight wickets.
When Australia were in trouble after losing four wickets for 86 runs against Pakistan in the first match of the 2003 World Cup, he played a blistering innings of 143 runs in 125 balls, which was the most memorable innings of his career.
Symonds scored 5,088 runs in ODIs with the help of six centuries since making his debut in 1998. He played for the now-disbanded Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
For Chargers, he scored an unbeaten 117 off 53 balls against Rajasthan Royals in the first tournament in 2008.
After making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2004, he scored 1462 runs in Test cricket with the help of two centuries and 10 half-centuries.
Symonds scored 156 runs in the Boxing-Day Test of the 2006–07 Ashes series against England and then scored a career-best 162 against India in 2008 in Sydney.
The Sydney Test, however, was the most controversial moment of his career because of the ‘Monkeygate’ episode. He then alleged that Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had called him a ‘monkey’.
Known as ‘Roy’, however, Symonds was also a part of controversies.
He was ruled out of two ODIs during Australia’s tour of England in 2005 after arriving in an intoxicated state for the match against Bangladesh.
After three years, Symonds did not attend the team meeting, as he had gone fishing in Darwin. After this incident, he was sent home.
Another disciplinary issue occurred on the eve of the 2009 T20 World Cup in England, due to which he was dropped from the Australian team. With this his career with the Australian team came to an end, as his contract was canceled soon after.
However, Symonds is also remembered for his performance on the field. He scored a century in 34 balls for Kent in 2004. Symonds jointly held the record for hitting 16 sixes in an innings in the County Championship match. He achieved this feat against Glamorgan in 1995 while playing for Gloucestershire. This record stood for 27 years, which was broken by England’s Ben Stokes last month.
Symonds retired from all forms of cricket in 2012 and became a popular commentator.
Former Australia captain Allan Border was among those who paid tribute to Symonds on Sunday. Border said, ‘Symonds used to hit the ball far and just wanted to have fun.’
He told the ‘Nine Network’, ‘He was a somewhat traditional cricketer in a way. He was adventurous, he loved fishing, hiking, camping. People liked his style.
Players associated with Indian cricket have expressed their shock over the death of Andrew Symonds and expressed grief.
Sachin Tendulkar tweeted and said, ‘Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us. He was not only a brilliant all-rounder but also an energetic man on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together at Mumbai Indians. May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family and friends.
Andrew Symond’s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians.
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
Harbhajan Singh said, ‘Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds. You left too soon. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul.
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
Virat Kohli said, ‘Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Andrew Symonds. May his soul rest in peace and give strength to his family in this difficult time.
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 15, 2022
(with input from news agency language)
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