Former Australian all-rounder, Andrew Symonds, who represented his country in 26 Tests and 198 One-Day Internationals between 1998 and 2009, died in a car accident in Queensland. Symonds, 46, was killed in a car accident near his retirement home in Townsville.
Queensland police issued the following statement: “A single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers south of Townsville, claimed the life of a 46-year-old man last night”.
The former Australian was a huge hit with fans all around the world, but particularly in India. During his time in the Indian Premier League, Symonds was a member of the Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers, where he scored close to 7000 runs and took 165 wickets. Furthermore, the all-rounder was a member of two World Cup-winning sides, where he played a key role in ensuring Australia’s unstoppable dominance throughout the world.
Aside from his swashbuckling batting style, Symonds was recognized for bowling both off-break and medium pace, making him one of the rarest cricketers.
In 2008, he hit a career-high 162 against India in Sydney, in a match that would also become one of his most contentious, when he got engrossed in a lengthy race row with Harbhajan Singh.
Symonds’ off-field problems were never far away. He was suspended in 2005 after showing up drunk ahead of Australia’s historic loss to Bangladesh in Cardiff, and his international career was cut short by a series of missteps, including going fishing in Darwin when he should have been at a squad meeting in 2008.
His Cricket Australia contract was terminated when he broke team drinking regulations in England on the eve of the 2009 T20 World Cup. Andrew Symonds was a character in himself, he listened to nobody but himself. His talent was a treat to watch for the audience as he was an exceptional all-rounder for the Australian team.