Australian cricket star Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

Older Andrew Symonds Was Very Popular (File)

Melbourne: Andrew Symonds, multi-level racer, has died in a car crash, Australian cricket announced Sunday, in another tragic blow to the sport after the deaths of fellow greats Shane Warren and Rod Marsh.

The 46-year-old, who did 26 Tests and 198 internationals for a day with Australia from 1998 to 2009, was involved in a single car crash outside Townsville in Queensland on Saturday night.

Police said emergency services tried to revive the driver and only passenger, but he died of his injuries after the car left the road and overturned.

“Australian cricket has lost one of its best games,” Australian cricket chief Lachlan Henderson said in a statement.

“Andrew was a generational talent who has been instrumental in Australia’s success at the World Cup and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history.

He added, “He was a cult figure for many that his fans and friends appreciated.”

Symonds’ fatal crash comes just months after the death of fellow Australian greats Warren and Marsh, who both died unexpectedly of heart attacks.

“Unfortunately I’ve been here a lot this year under the circumstances,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor told Nine. “I actually don’t quite believe it.” Another tragic day for cricket.

The larger than life Symonds was very popular, not only for his strong style of play but also for his easy-going personality.

He was widely regarded as one of the most skilled Australian cricketers in all respects, bowling outside the pace and medium speed range, while playing many match winning hands with his explosive mid-ranking strikes.

Symonds was also a top-tier player and was a key part of Australia’s 50 consecutive World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007.

Domestically, he played in Queensland for 17 seasons, while appearing with Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey in the English county championship and playing for the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

– Totally devastated –

“Terrible news is waking up,” former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie wrote on Twitter. “Totally devastated. We will all miss you my friend.”

“It really hurts,” wrote Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate who recently commented alongside Symonds on Fox Sports, while Pakistani speed bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was “shattered.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “Simo… this just doesn’t feel like a real #RIP.”

Symonds, who was born in England and one of his parents is of Afro-Caribbean descent, will also be remembered for the infamous “Monkey Gate” scandal that drove him into a downward spiral.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of calling him a “monkey” at the 2008 Sydney New Year’s Test.

Singh denied any wrongdoing, and was suspended for three matches. The ban was rescinded when India threatened to quit the tour at a low point for Indo-Australian relations in cricket.

The Australian player later revealed that the matter had caused huge losses.

He recalls in 2018: “From that moment on, it was downhill. I started drinking a lot as a result and my life started fading out around me.”

His contract with Cricket Australia was withdrawn in June 2009 after he was brought home from World Twenty20 in England following his latest string of alcohol-related recklessness.

Despite the animosity, Symonds and Harbhajan eventually formed and played together in the Indian Premier League, with the Australian having a successful career as a respected TV commentator after his retirement.

(This story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is automatically generated from a shared feed.)

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