In a tragic development, the former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has passed away in a car accident. The tragic incident has reportedly taken place on the outskirts of the city of Townsville on Sunday (15th May) morning. He was regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders to have ever graced the game.
Symonds is survived by his wife Laura and two young children, Chloe and Billy. The Star all-rounder played an important role in Australiaâ€™s World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007. During his playing days, he was a captainâ€™s delight as he played any role assigned to him with efficiency. He had the capability of changing any match with the bat in hand and that too coming out to bat in any number in the batting order. He was equally versatile with the ball in hand, as he was a handy off-spinner and a medium pacer at the same time.
The news of his accident was reported by a statement released by the police, which read- â€œEarly information indicates, shortly after 11 pm 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 injuries. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.”
As per a report by NewsCorp, the cricketerâ€™s family confirmed the tragic development. While they acknowledged the heartfelt wishes and condolences from across the globe, they requested privacy.
In his illustrious career, Symonds played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs, and 14 T20Is. During his playing time, he scored close to 7000 international runs and also picked up about 150 wickets. Not only, in batting and bowling, but he was also a brilliant fielder too. He was also a part of the Indian T20 League, as he donned the jerseys of Hyderabad and Mumbai team. The cricketing fraternity will truly miss such a beast of the game.
As the news of the legendâ€™s untimely death surfaced the whole fraternity expressed their shock and disbelief at it. Condolences and prayers came in from all parts of the world for the Symonds family.
Here is how the Cricketing world reacted to the tragic incident
Shocking and saddening to hear of Andrew Symonds passing. May his soul RIP and God give strength to his family in this difficult moment. ðŸ™ðŸ»
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symondâ€™s demise is shocking news for all of us to absorb. Not only was he a brilliant all-rounder, but also a live-wire on the field. I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Mumbai Indians.
May his soul rest in peace, condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/QnUTEZBbsD
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symonds, an all-round hero â¤ï¸
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 15, 2022
Still can't believe it… ðŸ’”ðŸ˜¥
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) May 15, 2022
From the moment of his MCG hundred against England, Andrew Symonds averaged 60.42 in Test cricket. Top level numbers. #RIPRoy
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) May 15, 2022
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) May 15, 2022
Another one gone too soon. Andrew Symonds was a big part of that aura of invincibility around the Australian ODI team of his generation
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symonds was many things to many people. To me he was one of my favourite players; a juggernaught of a man on & off the pitch. He was the first great T20 cricketer: a Rolls Royce in the field & a titan with the bat. I was lucky enough to work with him at Fox. RIP, Roy. pic.twitter.com/u8rvU4TqYg
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 15, 2022
It wasnâ€™t just what Andrew Symonds could do â€“ pretty much everything, with the bat, the ball or in the field â€“ but how he did it, and who he was. A loyal team-man, an outdoor type, and an Australian cricketer of colourhttps://t.co/rLrLyaj9XH
— Daniel Brettig ðŸ (@danbrettig) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symonds was a hell of an entertainer. But one of my strongest memories of him was sitting in the dark at Kensington Oval watching Symonds roll his arm over to bowl the last ball of the 2007 World Cup final. Two-time World Cup winners are rare; at that moment, he became one
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) May 15, 2022
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 15, 2022
Andrew Symonds died last night in a car crash. â˜¹ï¸
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) May 15, 2022
Omg ! Devastated! RIP my boy Andrew Symonds ðŸ™ðŸ» https://t.co/gA8vXqLJrW
— Phil Tufnell (@philtufnell) May 15, 2022
RIP Roy. ðŸ’”ðŸ˜”ðŸ™ https://t.co/DLPWX3FfNr
— Tom Morris (@tommorris32) May 15, 2022
Lots of Andrew Symonds memories around. But for me, the big man throwing himself around in the field will never get old. pic.twitter.com/Ed46O9gBv1
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) May 14, 2022
Joining entire cricket and sporting world devastated at passing of Andrew Symonds. Itâ€™s been an unbearable year of hurt for Australian cricket. From 11am, from QLD, on @SENQLD + @1170sen + app we will pay tribute and reflect. @crashcraddock1 @gilly381 to join us. Such a tragedy.
— Craig Hutchison (@craighutchy) May 14, 2022