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Beloved Old Aussie cricketer Andrew Symonds was killed in a car crash on Saturday, authorities say. He was 46 years old.
Queensland Police said Symonds was driving a car in Hervey Range, about 30 miles from Townsville, when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled away around 11 p.m.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries,” police said. mentioned. “The forensic unit is investigating.
Symonds played 198 one-day internationals for Australia, winning the World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007. He rose to prominence at the 2003 World Cup when he was far from established in the Australian team.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history,” said Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson in a statement on Sunday. “He was a cult figure to many (and) was cherished by his fans and friends.”
Symonds also played 26 Test matches for Australia from 2004 to 2008, with the 2007–08 season being his most successful. He also played for Queensland for 17 seasons, as well as the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, BBC. reported. He also spent time playing county cricket in the UK.
A big fan of rugbySymonds used a shoulder charge to tackle a streaker that invaded the pitch in a one-day international match against India.
“In the heat of the moment there is a lot of adrenaline, and when someone interrupts the game like that it can be frustrating,” he said of the incident years later. .
Australia’s National Rugby League has scheduled a minute’s silence ahead of a game on Sunday between North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers in Brisbane.
After his career as a cricketer, Symonds became a popular commentator.
Former Australia captain Allan Border said Symonds “hit the ball wide and just wanted to entertain”.
“He was, in a way, a bit of an old-school cricketer,” Border told the Nine Network. “He was an adventurer, he loved his fishing, he enjoyed hiking, camping. People liked his very laid back style.”
Symonds may have retained a childhood love of cricket over the years, according to another former captain, Mark Taylor.
“It was a artist at a time when professionalism is really a throwaway word that we probably use too often,” Taylor told the outlet. “He wanted to go out and have fun and play the game he remembered as a kid.
“Sometimes he got in trouble because he didn’t train or maybe had a few too many beers, but that’s how he lived his life and he wanted too play cricket.”
His death was another shocking blow for Australian cricket following the tragic death of legendary leg spinner Shane Warne in March.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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