Swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been killed in a automobile crash, Cricket Australia mentioned Sunday, in one other tragic blow for the game after the current deaths of fellow greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
The 46-year-old, who performed 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals for Australia from 1998 to 2009, was concerned in a single-car accident outdoors Townsville in Queensland state on Saturday night time.
Police mentioned emergency companies tried to revive the driving force and sole occupant, however he died from his accidents after the automobile left the highway and rolled.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its very best,” Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson mentioned in a press release.
“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history.
“He was a cult determine to many who was treasured by his followers and pals,” he added.
Symonds’ fatal crash comes just months after the deaths of fellow Australian greats Warne and Marsh, who both died unexpectedly from heart attacks.
“Unfortunately I’ve been right here too typically this yr underneath these circumstances. I really cannot fairly imagine it, to be trustworthy,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor told Channel Nine. “Another tragic day for cricket.”
The larger-than-life Symonds was hugely popular, not only for his hard-hitting approach to the game but also for his easy-going personality.
He was widely considered one of the most skilled all-rounders Australian cricket has seen, bowling both off-spin and medium pace, while playing many match-winning hands with his explosive middle-order batting.
Symonds was also a top-rate fielder and was a key part of Australia’s back-to-back 50-over World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007.
Domestically, he played for Queensland for 17 seasons, while appearing for Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey in the English County Championship and for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
– Utterly devastated’ –
“Horrendous information to get up to,” tweeted former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie. “Utterly devastated. We’re all gonna miss you mate.”
Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate who more recently commented alongside Symonds at Fox Sports, wrote: “This actually hurts,” while Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was “devastated”.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said: “Simmo … this does not really feel actual #RIP.”
Symonds, who was born in England with one parent of Afro-Caribbean descent, will also be remembered for the infamous “monkeygate” scandal that sent him into a downward spiral.
He accused India spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey” in Sydney’s 2008 New Year Test.
Singh, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches. The ban was overturned when India threatened to quit the tour in a low point for India-Australia cricket relations.
The Australian player later revealed it took a heavy toll.
“From that second on that was my downhill slide,” he recalled in 2018. “I began to drink closely because of it and my life was beginning to dissolve round me.”
His Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn in June 2009 after he was despatched dwelling from the World Twenty20 in England following the newest in a collection of alcohol-related indiscretions.
Despite the animosity, Symonds and Harbhajan finally made up and performed collectively within the Indian Premier League, with the Australian forging a profitable profession as a revered tv commentator after retiring.
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