Cricket Australia said Sunday that swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds had died in a car 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 was off the road and rolled.
“Emergency crews attempted to resuscitate the 46-year-old driver and lone occupant, but he died as a result of his injuries. The Forensic Crash Unit is looking into it.”
Symonds averaged 40.61 with the bat in 26 Tests for his country, but his white-ball heroics were arguably more well-known.
He played in 198 One-Day Internationals, hitting six hundred and 30 half-centuries while also taking 133 wickets with his off-spin and medium speed.
Andrew Symonds emerged into the scene with possibly his best performance during the 2003 World Cup, when he burned Pakistan for an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament, helping Australia remain undefeated and overcome India in a one-sided final.
The swashbuckling right-hander was also a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning squad in 2007 when they won their fourth 50-over World Cup in West Indies.
Symonds also represented Australia in 14 T20Is, scoring 337 runs and taking eight wickets. After legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a heart attack in Thailand in March, he is the second well-known Australian cricketer to pass away in 2022.
Rod Marsh, the former wicketkeeper, died of a heart attack earlier this year. On Sunday, former Australian captain Allan Border was one of several who paid homage to Symonds.
After being sent home from the World Twenty20 in England following the latest in a string of alcohol-related infractions, his Cricket Australia contract was revoked in June 2009.
Despite their hostility, Symonds and Harbhajan reconciled and played together in the Indian Premier League, with the Australian going on to have a successful career as a recognised television analyst following his retirement.