Andrew Symonds Dies At The Age Of 46 Due To A Car Accident
By CricShots - May 15, 2022 10:09 am
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Former Australian all-rounder, Andrew Symonds has unfortunately died after a car accident near the outskirts of the city of Townsville on Sunday. He was 46 and has often been considered one of the greatest all-rounders to represent the country, as he had played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs, and 14 T20Is for Australia and was a two-time World Cup winner.

Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds

A statement issued by police as per the quotes in Hindustan Times read: “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. 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.”

According to a report in NewsCorp, Andrew Symonds’ family issued a statement “confirming his passing, and appreciated peoples’ sympathy and best wishes, and asked that their privacy be respected”.

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Andrew Symonds, lovingly known as ‘Roy’, made his Australia debut in 1998. In nearly 200 ODIs, Symonds had amassed 5088 runs at an average of 39.75 with the help of six hundred and 30 half-centuries, and he also took 133 wickets. He earned a name for himself during the 2003 World Cup when he scored a match-winning 143 against Pakistan. While Symonds’ Test career did not touch the highs of his ODI achievements, he scored 1462 runs with the help of a couple of centuries and 10 fifties.

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Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne passed away this year

Post-retirement from cricket in February of 2012, Andrew Symonds ventured in sports commentary and broadcasting and became a renowned figure for Fox Sports. Legendary former Australia skipper, Allan Border paid tribute to Symonds, highlighting what made his different from the rest.

During a chat on Nin Network, Allan Border said, “He hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain. He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer. He was an adventurer. Loved his fishing, he loved hiking and camping. When I spoke to him, I think he still had a hundred head of cattle he used to muster. Symo away from the cameras and away from the spotlight, loved, I think, a bit of solitude and that is why he loved his fishing. Loved his own time.”

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Andrew Symonds is the third former Australia cricketer to have lost his life this year. In March, it was Rod Marsh’s passing at the age of 74 and Shane Warne suffered a shocking heart attack 52 that had sent the Australian cricket fraternity in mourning.

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