Andrew Symonds News: Australian cricket world shaken by the painful death of Andrew Symonds, Allan Border said- he was the ‘style king’


Sydney: Former Australia Test cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a road accident in the town of Townsville in northern Australia. Symonds was 46 years old. Cricket Australia announced Symonds’ death on Sunday via its website, which gave details of the accident that happened late Saturday night, in addition to a police statement.

The website describes Symonds as a hero during his time at the top of his international career and one of Australia’s most accomplished all-rounders to date. “The Queensland player had a huge fan following when he was at the top of his career, not only because of his aggressive game but also because of his personality,” the website said.

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia in which he scored two centuries. He is, however, better recognized as a specialist limited overs cricketer. The right-handed batsman played 198 One Day Internationals for Australia and was part of the World Cup winning team twice.

After retiring as a player, Symonds gained popularity as a commentator. Queensland Police have said the accident occurred on the Harvey Range, about 50 km from Townsville. According to the police statement, “Preliminary information indicated that the car was being driven on Harvey Range Road after 11 p.m. and it veered off the road near the Ellis River Bridge.”

It said, ‘Emergency service personnel tried to save the 46-year-old driver who was the only person in the vehicle. However, he died due to injuries.” Symonds’ family has appealed for privacy. Former Australia captain Allan Border was among those who paid tribute to Symonds on Sunday.

Border said, ‘Symonds used to hit the ball far and just wanted to have fun.’ He told the ‘Nine Network’, ‘He was a somewhat traditional cricketer in a way. He was adventurous, he loved fishing, hiking, camping. People loved his style.

Symonds, however, had to face differences with officials in the later stages of his career due to his attitude. He was dropped from Australia’s ODI series against Bangladesh in 2008 when he went fishing instead of attending a team meeting. Disciplinary action was also taken against him for violating the team’s alcohol rules before the T20 World Cup in 2009. This is another big blow for the Australian cricket world, which also lost leg-spinner Shane Warne and legendary wicket-keeper Rod Marsh in March.