Andrew Symonds Dies

The two-time World Cup winner and former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in a car crash.

Police confirmed Andrew Symonds was the only passenger in the crash outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland.

The 46-year-old was the sole passenger in the crash just outside Townsville in his home state of Queensland, police confirmed.

‘The car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge, shortly after 11 pm, when it left the roadway and rolled,’ according to the police statement.

Emergency crews attempted to revive the driver and sole occupant, but he died due to his injuries.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat in 26 Tests for his country but may have become more famous for his white-ball exploits.

In 198 ODIs, he scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries, as well as taking 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace.

The 2003 World Cup marked Symonds’ breakout moment, as he torched Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament, enabling Australia to remain unbeaten and defeat India in a one-sided final.

The swashbuckling right-hander captained Australia to victory in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as they won their fourth 50-over World Cup.

Symonds also played 14 T20I for Australia, managing 337 runs and eight wickets.

Shane Warne, who suffered a heart attack in Thailand in March, became the third former Australian cricketer to pass away in 2022. Earlier this year, former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also passed away.

On Sunday, former Australian captain Allan Border paid tribute to Symonds.

Border said Symonds “hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain.”

“He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer,” Border told the Nine Network. “He was an adventurer, loved his fishing, and he loved hiking, camping. People liked his very laid-back style.”

Symonds missed Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh in 2008 because he went fishing when he had to attend a team meeting. 

Before the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, he was also disciplined for breaching team rules around alcohol.

Symonds always cut a striking Australian team with dreadlocks and his face daubed with zinc cream.

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