Cricket Australia said Sunday that swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds had died in a vehicle accident, adding to the sport’s recent tragedies of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh. The 46-year-old was involved in a single-car collision in Townsville, Queensland, on Saturday night, after playing 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals for Australia between 1998 and 2009. According to police, emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate the driver and lone occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries after the automobile off the road and rolled.
In a statement, Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson remarked, “Australian cricket has lost another of its very finest.”
“Andrew was a once-in-a-generation player who helped Australia win World Cups and was a part of Queensland’s rich cricket legacy.
“To many, he was a cult character who was cherished by his admirers and friends,” he continued.
Symonds’ death comes only months after the sudden loss of other Australian greats Warne and Marsh, who both died of heart attacks.
“Unfortunately, in these conditions, I’ve been here much too often this year.” To be honest, I can’t believe it,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor told Channel Nine. “Cricket has had yet another sad day.”
The larger-than-life characters Symonds was well-liked not only for his hard-hitting style of play, but also for his easygoing demeanour.
He was widely regarded as one of Australia’s best all-rounders, capable of bowling both off-spin and medium speed while also providing numerous match-winning innings with his powerful middle-order hitting.
Symonds was also an excellent fielder, playing a major role in Australia’s back-to-back 50-over World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007.
He spent 17 seasons with Queensland, as well as stints with Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, and Surrey in the English County Championship, and Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.