Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer, died in a vehicle accident

15 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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Andrew Symonds, a former Australian cricketer and two-time World Cup winner, died in a car accident on Saturday night.

Police revealed that the 46-year-old was the only passenger in the crash, which occurred just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland.

“According to early information, the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge just after 11 p.m. when it off the roadway and rolled,” the police statement revealed.

“Emergency services tried to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries.

Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat in 26 Tests for his country, but his white-ball heroics were arguably more well-known.

He played in 198 One-Day Internationals, scoring six hundreds and 30 half-centuries while also taking 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium pace.

Symonds emerged into the scene with possibly his best innings at the 2003 World Cup, when he burned Pakistan for an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament, helping Australia stay unbeaten and overcome India in a one-sided final.

The swashbuckling right-hander was also a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning side in 2007, when they won their fourth 50-over World Cup in West Indies.

After renowned leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a heart attack in Thailand in March, he became the third former Australian cricketer to pass away in 2022. Rod Marsh, the former wicketkeeper, died of a heart attack earlier this year.

On Sunday, former Australian captain Allan Border was one of several who paid tribute to Symonds.

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

Border told the Nine Network that he was “a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer.” “He was an adventurer who enjoyed fishing, climbing, and camping. People admired his easygoing demeanour.”