Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds has died in a single-car crash on the age of 46, throwing the game and the nation into mourning.
The retired all-rounder died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his automobile left the highway and rolled.
‘Emergency companies tried to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, nevertheless, he died of his accidents,’ Queensland Police stated on Sunday morning.
The accident is beneath investigation.
Police imagine Symonds was on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when the accident occurred, and stated he was faraway from the automobile to be handled by paramedics, who have been on the scene when officers arrived.
He was the one particular person in the car however the eager hunter’s pig canines have been additionally in the automobile. Photos obtained by the Courier Mail present skid marks on the scene of the crash.
Inspector Gavin Oates instructed the publication there is no suggestion alcohol was concerned, and stated close by residents have been on the scene.
‘I feel they supplied the help they might on the time and referred to as 000 and emergency companies,’ he added.
Australian cricket great Andrew Symonds has died in a single-car crash on the age of 46, simply over a decade after his stellar career got here to a shut
Retired all-rounder Symonds (pictured on the memorial for his great mate Shane Warne) died about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville, when his automobile left the highway and rolled
Symonds’ spouse Laura (left) stated she is nonetheless in shock over the information and is considering of their youngsters Billy, 2 (pictured) and daughter Chloe, 4
Symonds’ household confirmed his dying and thanked mates and followers for his or her sympathy and help.
His spouse Laura voiced her grief on the information on Sunday.
‘We are nonetheless in shock – I’m simply considering of the 2 children,’ she instructed News Corp, referring to Symonds’ daughter Chloe, 4, and Billy, 2.
‘He was simply such a massive particular person and there was a lot of him in his children.’
She and the kids flew to Townsville on Sunday morning.
His passing shocked the sporting world simply a few weeks after Shane Warne suffered a deadly coronary heart assault whereas on vacation in Thailand in March.
In a shock accident, Symonds’ final Instagram publish was a tribute to his teammate on March 5, hours after Warne’s dying.
‘Devastated, I’m hoping this is all a dangerous dream I simply can’t get my head round by no means seeing you once more. Love to all of the Warne household I’m speechless,’ he stated.
The shut mates spent final New Year’s Eve collectively at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, together with their former teammate Michael Hussey.
Andrew Symonds (pictured proper) famously knocked over a streaker who ran onto the sphere throughout a 2008 match in opposition to India in Brisbane
Symonds’ final Instagram publish was a tribute to his great mate Shane Warne (pictured collectively in December 2020) after the spin king died aged 52 in March
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor was considered one of a host of sports activities stars to pay tribute to the person identified fondly as ‘Roy’.
‘I can not fairly imagine it,’ he stated. ‘Another tragic day for cricket.
‘Bad issues do occur in threes, Rod Marsh earlier this year, not lengthy after that clearly Shane Warne and now Simmo.
‘I took Symo out at some point fishing right here on Sydney Harbour with ‘The Cricket Show’ a few years in the past and simply watching him move a fly lure round boats was great to look at. He was entertainer with the bat when it got here to cricket.’
Fellow former skipper Michael Clarke – who fell out with Symonds earlier than his dying – posted a picture of the pair chairing Shane Warne off the bottom after an Ashes win accompanied by a damaged coronary heart emoji and one phrase: ‘Devastated.’
Symonds’ teammates Damien Fleming, Adam Gilchrist and Jason Gillespie additionally voiced their shock on the horrible information.
‘Horrendous information to get up to. Utterly devastated. We are all going to overlook you mate,’ Gillespie tweeted.
Gilchrist merely wrote, ‘This actually hurts,’ whereas Fleming added, ‘This is so devastating. Roy was So a lot enjoyable to be round.’
Allan Border, who led the nationwide staff in the Eighties and 90s, was additionally filled with reward for the swashbuckling all-rounder.
‘People preferred his very laid-back model,’ Border stated. ‘He lived in Townsville. When I spoke to him, I feel he nonetheless had a hundred head of cattle he used to muster.
‘Symo away from the cameras and away from the highlight, cherished, I feel, a little bit of solitude and that is why he cherished his fishing. Loved his personal time.’
Cricket commentator Isa Guha spoke for a lot of when she wrote, ‘WTF is occurring…’
Symonds was considered one of cricket’s hottest characters throughout his career, earlier than he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports.
He performed 26 Tests between 1999 and 2007 and was a important member of Australia’s one-day facet that received the World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
The star created a legacy as among the finest all-rounders in a few of Australia’s best groups, in addition to being thought to be the very best fielder in the world on the peak of his powers.
Clarke and Symonds have been nonetheless mates once they posed with the World Cup trophy after Australia’s win in 2007. A year later, they’d fallen out – with Symonds now revealing he believes money and jealousy helped gasoline their rift
Symonds posted this completely satisfied snap of him with son Billy and daughter Chloe to Instagram in September 2020 with the caption, ‘Dad acquired the complete remedy this morning was very good thanks love you very a lot! Ah and I feel it’s father’s day tomorrow too’
Born in Birmingham, England, he was adopted by English schoolteachers Ken and Barbara Symonds as a child.
They emigrated to Australia when he was a toddler and the household lived in nation Victoria earlier than transferring to far north Queensland and the Gold Coast.
Symonds’ British start and his Afro-Caribbean background meant he may have performed for England or the West Indies, however Australia was at all times going to be his first and solely selection.
One of the world’s most spectacular gamers, he was an especially aggressive batsman who displayed great energy and timing, and his artful off-break and medium-pace bowling claimed 24 Test wickets and one other 133 scalps in one-dayers.
His career highlights embrace saving the 2006 Boxing Day Ashes Test for Australia with a stellar knock of 156 – his first century in the lengthy type of the sport – a excessive rating of 162 in opposition to India in 2008, and taking a career-best 5/18 in a 2005 one-dayer.
At one stage he held the world file for many sixes throughout a first-class match, and opened followers’ eyes to what a batter may do in T20 cricket with a century from simply 34 balls throughout the format’s infancy in 2004.
Symonds blasts the form of highly effective stroke he was identified and cherished for throughout Australia’s 2005 match in opposition to the World XI in Melbourne
Symonds was additionally arguably the very best fielder in cricket, with lightning reflexes and an extremely correct throwing arm leaving him in equal fifth on the record of most run-outs in ODI cricket, with the fourth highest success rate.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who led the staff for a lot of Symonds’ career, referred to as him the very best fielder he ever noticed.
He sported distinctive brown dreadlocks for his whole career, in addition to shielding his lips from the solar with glowing white zinc in what grew to become his trademark look.
Symonds cemented his no-nonsense status in March 2008 when he flattened a streaker throughout the ultimate of the ODI collection in opposition to India on the Gabba.
‘It was frustration greater than something. I wasn’t making an attempt to harm him,’ Symonds stated in the e book ‘On Sport’, launched by revered veteran sportswriter and Daily Mail Australia columnist Mike Colman.
Pictured: Andrew Symonds and Katie Johnson attend the Johnnie Walker All Star Party in 2008
Symonds (pictured left with NRL and All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams) was considered one of cricket’s hottest characters throughout the peak of his time in the sport
Symonds teamed his hard-charging, flamboyant model with a larrikin spirit that noticed him make headlines often.
He as soon as arrived for a contract meeting with the CEO of Cricket Australia barefoot and carrying a cowboy hat in a nod to his famed love of the Aussie outside, particularly the highest finish of the nation the place he spent a lot of his life fishing and searching.
Mark Taylor summed him up effectively quickly after the information of his dying broke.
‘He needed to go on the market and have enjoyable and play the sport he remembered to play it as a child. At instances he acquired in hassle for not going to coaching or perhaps having a few too many beers however that is the way in which he lived his life and the way in which he needed to play his cricket additionally.’
Not one to blindly toe the road for cricketing authorities, he fell out together with his former mate and captain Michael Clarke, and the pair by no means reconciled.
Their mateship got here to an finish in 2008, when Symonds was despatched dwelling from a Test match in Darwin when he selected fishing over a obligatory staff meeting. He felt Clarke – who was Test captain by then – had betrayed him.
Symonds could not get sufficient of Australia’s tropical north. A eager fisherman and hunter, he typically introduced teammates to the highest finish of the nation to expertise life in the bush
To make issues worse, he’d already had a dangerous run-in with Clarke throughout a tour of the West Indies.
‘I threw a drink on him. He did not inform me to go to mattress, he stated one thing else however I threw a drink on him and what he stated to me put me into a rage,’ Symonds stated.
After he left the sport in 2009, Symonds pursued his love of fishing, searching and getting about in the Australian bush in the nation’s tropical north.
He performed himself in a Bollywood film, starred on the Indian model of Big Brother, commentated for Fox Sports in Australia and even starred in some rugby league video games after nearly switching to the game in 2002.