Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia between 2004 and 2008, as well as 198 ODIs.
Last update: 05/15/22 09:30
Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has died aged 46.
Initial police reports said Symonds died in a single car crash near Townsville, Queensland, where he lived after retiring.
In a statement, Queensland Police said: “Police are investigating a single vehicle crash in Hervey Range, approximately 50 miles from Townsville, which has claimed the life of a 46-year-old man.
“Initial reports indicate that shortly after 11 p.m. the car was traveling on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when it left the carriageway and rolled over.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries.”
Following news of the death of former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds at the age of 46, Fox Sports News’ Mark Cunningham said the cricketer community was in shock.
Her family released a statement confirming the tragic news and asked for confidentiality.
Symonds becomes the third Australian cricketing legend to die this year, following Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, who both suffered suspected heart attacks.
Taylor: tragic day for cricket
Australian cricketing legends Mark Taylor and Adam Gilchrist led the tributes to Symonds, with Taylor calling it “another tragic day for cricket”.
“I actually can’t believe it, to be honest,” the former Cricket Australia (CA) batsman and manager told the The wide world of sports from Nine Network on Sunday.
Speaking about Symonds’ legacy as a cricketer, Taylor said he was an “artist with the bat” and a “big guy” on the pitch.
“He just wanted to entertain…He wanted to go out and have fun…That’s how he lived his life,” he added.
Affectionately known as ‘Roy’, Symonds played 26 Tests and 212 limited Internationals for his country and was most notable for his ferocious strikes in the middle order.
Gilchrist reacted with the same shock and sadness, tweeting a number of crying and heartbreaking emojis followed by “it really hurts”. In a later tweet, he wrote, “Think of your most loyal, funniest, most loving friend who would do anything for you. It’s Roy.”
Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan also paid tribute, simply tweeting: “Simmo.. This doesn’t seem real… #RIP” along with a love heart emoji.
In a statement, AC chairman Lachlan Henderson said Australian cricket had “lost another of its best”. He said: “Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history.
“He was a cult figure to many who was cherished by his fans and friends. On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest condolences go out to Andrew’s family, team-mates and friends.”
CA chief executive Nick Hockley called Symonds “a prodigious talent from an early age in Queensland with his ability to hit the ball clean, shrewd throwing and brilliant field play”.
“Symonds had an incredible cricketing intellect”
Matt Cunningham, Fox Sports News correspondent
“Andrew Symonds is remembered as a true character in Australian cricket. He loved to play the game, but also enjoyed doing other things like fishing, hunting and hiking. He was a real asset to the dressing room.
“He entered the one day international team in 1998, he was born in England [Birmingham]but Australia convinced him to play for his adopted country.
“He had kind of a patchy career until 2003, coming into the World Cup in South Africa – in fact there were question marks over his position in that Australian team – but he certainly answered to all the criticism there might have been with a fabulous unbeaten 143 in their first clash against Pakistan which put them on the path to being the unbeaten world champions.
“He made his Test debut a year later and then two years later in 2006 he had a memorable first Test century at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test against England.
“But his career has not been without controversy either. In Darwin in 2008 during a series against Bangladesh, Symonds skipped training under Michael Clarke to go fishing instead. walked out of the team for a while and it was probably the beginning of the end of his international career.
“His wife Laura described him as a really laid back character, but also quite shy.
“She said he didn’t go to college and he always thought people thought he wasn’t that bright. It was unfair because he really had an incredible intellect of cricket – what we saw on the cover of Fox here in Australia. He clearly knew the game inside out.”