New Delhi: Andrew Symonds, the former Australia all-rounder has died in a car accident in Queensland, Australian media reported on Sunday. He was 46 and is survived by wife Laura and two young children, Chloe and Billy.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to confirm his death and mourn the loss of the cricket legend.
Tragic news surrounding the former Australia all-rounder and our thoughts are with his friends and family.https://t.co/6eXiz8Mb5O
— ICC (@ICC) May 14, 2022
Cricket fans all over the world are mourning the loss of the cricket legend. Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar also wrote on Twitter to express his condolences over the incident.
Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia. We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family. #AndrewSymonds pic.twitter.com/QMZMCwLdZs
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 14, 2022
Symonds, one of the greatest all-rounders to represent the country, played 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20Is for Australia and was a two-time World Cup winner.
Queensland Police said the accident occured at Hervey Range, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Townsville. “Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled,” a police statement said.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant. However, he died of his injuries.” Symonds’ family appealed for privacy.
Former Australian captain Allan Border was among those to pay tribute to Symonds on Sunday. Border said that Symonds “hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain. “He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer. He was an adventurer, loved his fishing, he loved hiking, camping,. People liked his very laid-back style,” Border told the Nine Network.
Symonds is the third former Australia cricketer to have lost his life this year. In March, it were Rod Marsh’s passing at the age of 74 and Shane Warne’s shock death at 52 that had sent the Australian cricket fraternity in mourning.