Australian cricket nice Andrew Symonds has died in a single-car crash on the age of 46, throwing the sport and the nation into mourning.
The retired all-rounder died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Fluctuate, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his automobile left the road and rolled.
‘Emergency firms tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, nonetheless, he died of his accidents,’ Queensland Police said on Sunday morning.
The accident is under investigation.
Australian cricket nice Andrew Symonds has died in a single-car crash on the age of 46, merely over a decade after his stellar career acquired right here to a shut
Retired all-rounder Symonds (pictured on the memorial for his nice mate Shane Warne) died about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Fluctuate, 50km west of Townsville, when his automobile left the road and rolled
Symonds’ partner Laura (left) said she is nonetheless in shock over the knowledge and is contemplating of their children Billy, 2 (pictured) and daughter Chloe, 4
Symonds’ family confirmed his demise and thanked associates and followers for his or her sympathy and help.
His partner Laura voiced her grief on the knowledge on Sunday.
‘We’re nonetheless in shock – I’m merely contemplating of the two children,’ she instructed Data Corp, referring to Symonds’ daughter Chloe, 4, and Billy, 2.
‘He was merely such a big specific particular person and there was numerous him in his children.’
She and the children flew to Townsville on Sunday morning.
His passing shocked the sporting world merely a couple of weeks after Shane Warne suffered a lethal coronary coronary heart assault whereas on trip in Thailand in March.
In a shock accident, Symonds’ ultimate Instagram put up was a tribute to his teammate on March 5, hours after Warne’s demise.
‘Devastated, I’m hoping that is all a harmful dream I merely can’t get my head spherical under no circumstances seeing you as soon as extra. Prefer to the entire Warne family I’m speechless,’ he said.
The shut mates spent ultimate New Yr’s Eve collectively at The Esplanade Resort in St Kilda, along with their former teammate Michael Hussey.
Andrew Symonds (pictured correct) famously knocked over a streaker who ran onto the sphere all through a 2008 match in opposition to India in Brisbane
Symonds’ ultimate Instagram put up was a tribute to his nice mate Shane Warne (pictured collectively in December 2020) after the spin king died aged 52 in March
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor was one amongst a number of sports activities actions stars to pay tribute to the particular person recognized fondly as ‘Roy’.
‘I can’t pretty think about it,’ he said. ‘One different tragic day for cricket.
‘Harmful points do happen in threes, Rod Marsh earlier this 12 months, not prolonged after that clearly Shane Warne and now Simmo.
‘I took Symo out in some unspecified time in the future fishing proper right here on Sydney Harbour with ‘The Cricket Current’ a couple of years previously and easily watching him transfer a fly lure spherical boats was nice to take a look at. He was entertainer with the bat when it acquired right here to cricket.’
Symonds’ teammates Damien Fleming, Adam Gilchrist and Jason Gillespie moreover voiced their shock on the horrible data.
‘Horrendous data to rise up to. Utterly devastated. We’re all going to miss you mate,’ Gillespie tweeted.
Gilchrist merely wrote, ‘This truly hurts,’ whereas Fleming added, ‘That is so devastating. Roy was Lots fulfilling to be spherical.’
Allan Border, who led the nationwide group within the Eighties and 90s, was moreover full of reward for the swashbuckling all-rounder.
‘Of us most well-liked his very laid-back sort,’ Border said. ‘He lived in Townsville. As soon as I spoke to him, I really feel he nonetheless had 100 head of cattle he used to muster.
‘Symo away from the cameras and away from the spotlight, favored, I really feel, just a little little bit of solitude and that’s the reason he favored his fishing. Beloved his private time.’
Cricket commentator Isa Guha spoke for lots of when she wrote, ‘WTF is happening…’
Symonds was one amongst cricket’s hottest characters all through his career, sooner than he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports activities actions.
He carried out 26 Exams between 1999 and 2007 and was a significant member of Australia’s one-day facet that obtained the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
The star created a legacy as top-of-the-line all-rounders in a couple of of Australia’s largest teams, along with being considered the right fielder on the planet on the height of his powers.
Clarke and Symonds have been nonetheless mates as soon as they posed with the World Cup trophy after Australia’s win in 2007. A 12 months later, they’d fallen out – with Symonds now revealing he believes money and jealousy helped gasoline their rift
Symonds posted this fully happy snap of him with son Billy and daughter Chloe to Instagram in September 2020 with the caption, ‘Dad acquired the entire treatment this morning was superb thanks love you very quite a bit! Ah and I really feel it’s father’s day tomorrow too’
Born in Birmingham, England, he was adopted by English schoolteachers Ken and Barbara Symonds as a baby.
They emigrated to Australia when he was a toddler and the family lived in nation Victoria sooner than transferring to far north Queensland and the Gold Coast.
Symonds’ British begin and his Afro-Caribbean background meant he could have carried out for England or the West Indies, nonetheless Australia was always going to be his first and solely different.
One in all many world’s most spectacular avid gamers, he was an particularly aggressive batsman who displayed nice vitality and timing, and his suave off-break and medium-pace bowling claimed 24 Check out wickets and one different 133 scalps in one-dayers.
His career highlights embody saving the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Check out for Australia with a stellar knock of 156 – his first century within the prolonged sort of the game – a extreme score of 162 in opposition to India in 2008, and taking a career-best 5/18 in a 2005 one-dayer.
At one stage he held the world doc for a lot of sixes all through a first-class match, and opened followers’ eyes to what a batter could do in T20 cricket with a century from merely 34 balls all through the format’s infancy in 2004.
Symonds blasts the form of extremely efficient stroke he was recognized and favored for all through Australia’s 2005 match in opposition to the World XI in Melbourne
Symonds was moreover arguably the right fielder in cricket, with lightning reflexes and an especially appropriate throwing arm leaving him in equal fifth on the file of most run-outs in ODI cricket, with the fourth highest success price.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who led the group for lots of Symonds’ career, known as him the right fielder he ever observed.
He sported distinctive brown dreadlocks for his full career, along with shielding his lips from the photo voltaic with glowing white zinc in what grew to change into his trademark look.
Symonds cemented his no-nonsense reputation in March 2008 when he flattened a streaker all through the final of the ODI assortment in opposition to India on the Gabba.
‘It was frustration higher than one thing. I wasn’t attempting to hurt him,’ Symonds said within the e book ‘On Sport’, launched by revered veteran sportswriter and Every day Mail Australia columnist Mike Colman.
Pictured: Andrew Symonds and Katie Johnson attend the Johnnie Walker All Star Get collectively in 2008
Symonds (pictured left with NRL and All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams) was one amongst cricket’s hottest characters all through the height of his time within the sport
Symonds teamed his hard-charging, flamboyant sort with a larrikin spirit that observed him make headlines typically.
He as quickly as arrived for a contract meeting with the CEO of Cricket Australia barefoot and sporting a cowboy hat in a nod to his famed love of the Aussie outdoors, significantly the best end of the nation the place he spent numerous his life fishing and searching.
Mark Taylor summed him up correctly shortly after the knowledge of his demise broke.
‘He wished to go in the marketplace and have fulfilling and play the game he remembered to play it as a baby. At events he acquired in trouble for not going to teaching or maybe having a couple of too many beers nonetheless that’s the means wherein he lived his life and the way in which wherein he wished to play his cricket moreover.’
Not one to blindly toe the highway for cricketing authorities, he fell out alongside together with his former mate and captain Michael Clarke, and the pair under no circumstances reconciled.
Their mateship acquired right here to an end in 2008, when Symonds was despatched dwelling from a Check out match in Darwin when he chosen fishing over a necessary group meeting. He felt Clarke – who was Check out captain by then – had betrayed him.
Symonds couldn’t get ample of Australia’s tropical north. A keen fisherman and hunter, he normally launched teammates to the best end of the nation to experience life within the bush
To make points worse, he’d already had a harmful run-in with Clarke all through a tour of the West Indies.
‘I threw a drink on him. He didn’t inform me to go to mattress, he said one factor else nonetheless I threw a drink on him and what he said to me put me right into a rage,’ Symonds said.
After he left the game in 2009, Symonds pursued his love of fishing, wanting and getting about within the Australian bush within the nation’s tropical north.
He carried out himself in a Bollywood movie, starred on the Indian mannequin of Large Brother, commentated for Fox Sports activities actions in Australia and even starred in some rugby league video video games after almost switching to the sport in 2002.