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Andrew Symonds dead after car accident

Former Australian Test cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident near Townsville, Queensland police confirmed on Sunday.

“Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” the statement read.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”

Symonds, 46, is the third Australian cricket legend to suddenly pass away this year following the deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds (Getty Images)

Symonds, who was a key member of the all-conquering Test and one-day sides of the 2000s, was known as a hard-hitting batter with match-winning ability and a supreme fielder, who could also bowl handy off-spinners.

He represented Australia in 26 Tests, 198 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20s in a career which spanned 1994-2012.

Arguably his best ODI innings came at the 2003 World Cup when he established his spot in the team with a masterful 143 not out off just 125 balls.

Symonds was born in Birmingham but his family moved to Australia at a young age and despite overtures from England early in his career he pledged his loyalty to his pursuit of a baggy green cap.  

In the 2006-07 Ashes he replaced Damien Martyn mid-series and celebrated with a commanding 156 at the MCG batting alongside his fishing buddy and ping-time Queensland teammate Matthew Hayden in a memorable partnership.

His celebration with Hayden after bringing up his hundred with a six is one of the many iconic moments of that series.

Symonds was a complex and interesting character and many felt he failed to reach the heights his talent deserved.

He lived close to the line but thrilled fans with his approach to cricket and life.

In 2008 he famously decked a streaker, an incident which went down in folklore.

“I still get asked about my bump back in 2008 all the time,” he said last year. ““It’s one of those ones that keeps coming up and people love to talk about. It’s something I’m known for now, people say — ‘that’s the fella who knocked over the streaker.’”

He was also the central figure in one of the most fractious incidents in Australian cricket – the Monkeygate affair involving India.

Former India Test star Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Symonds a monkey during a 2008 Test match at the SCG, although the Indian denied this.

Ten years later Symonds said Singh later told him “Look, I’ve got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologise. I hope I didn’t cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologise for what I said. I shouldn’t have said it’.”

Singh has always maintained he never called Symonds a monkey but rather the Hindi slur “teri maa ki”.

Tributes came from far and wide for the larrikin cricketer.



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