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Devastated wife and teammates lead tributes to cricket great Andrew Symonds after death in crash

Australian cricketing great Andrew Symonds’ wife Laura has expressed her devastation after his sudden death. 

Symonds died in a single-car crash, throwing the game and the nation into mourning. 

The retired all-rounder, 46, died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his automotive left the street and rolled. 

‘We are nonetheless in shock – I’m simply pondering of the 2 youngsters,’ Ms Symonds mentioned on Sunday morning.

The late Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds (right) is pictured with wife Laura and their son Billy

The late Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds (proper) is pictured with wife Laura and their son Billy

‘He was such a giant particular person and there’s simply a lot of him in his youngsters.’

She and youngsters Chloe and Billy flew from Sydney to Townsville on Sunday morning after being informed of Symonds’ death.

‘He was essentially the most laid again particular person. Nothing confused him out. He was an especially chilled operator. So sensible,’ Ms Symonds informed News Corp.

She mentioned he Symonds was ‘extraordinarily self-conscious about his mind and would say “I didn’t go to Uni and don’t have degrees”, however he was so sensible and actually clever in his personal manner’. 

Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds (pictured) has died in a car crash in Queensland

Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds (pictured) has died in a automotive crash in Queensland

Shocked teammates have additionally paid tribute after the sudden death of their colleague. 

‘This actually hurts,’ mentioned former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist on social media.

Former England participant Michael Vaughan wrote: ‘Simmo .. This does not really feel actual.’

Both included the letters RIP – relaxation in peace – in their messages, as did Jason Gillespie, who mentioned it was ‘horrendous information to get up to’.

He added that he was ‘completely devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.’ 

Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor paid tribute to Symonds on Channel 9.

‘Symo. He was an adventurer,’ he mentioned. ‘I am unable to fairly imagine it. 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. Another horrible day for cricket,’ mentioned Taylor.

He mentioned that Symonds cherished outside adventures similar to fishing, mountaineering and tenting.

Former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist was among those paying tribute to Andrew Symonds on social media (pictured)

Former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist was amongst these paying tribute to Andrew Symonds on social media (pictured)

Jason Gillespie also paid tribute to Symonds in a Twitter message (pictured) on Sunday morning

Jason Gillespie additionally paid tribute to Symonds in a Twitter message (pictured) on Sunday morning

‘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 stream a fly lure round boats was great to watch. 

‘He was entertainer with the bat when it got here to cricket, and as you say he was an imposing man.’

Taylor mentioned Symonds was earmarked as a white ball participant. ‘He needed to show to the world he may play Test cricket and he did that manner.

‘He was simply an entertainer. In an period the place professionalism actually is a throwaway phrase that we use in all probability too usually. Symo was the older kind of man.

Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor said the late Andrew Symonds (pictured) was 'an entertainer'

Former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor mentioned the late Andrew Symonds (pictured) was ‘an entertainer’

‘He needed to go on the market and have enjoyable and play the sport he remembered … as a child. 

‘At instances he bought in hassle for not going to coaching or possibly having a couple of too many beers, however that’s the manner he lived his life and the best way he needed to play his cricket additionally.’ 

Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson additionally paid tribute to Symonds.

‘Australian cricket has lost one other of its absolute best. Andrew was a generational expertise who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as a part of Queensland’s wealthy cricket historical past,’ he mentioned.

‘He was a cult determine to many who was treasured by his followers and pals.

‘On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s household, teammates, and pals.’

Andrew Symonds, who died suddenly on Saturday night, is pictured playing for the Bulls during the Twenty20 Big Bash match between the Queensland Bulls and the Western Australian Warriors at The Gabba on January 16, 2010 in Brisbane

Andrew Symonds, who died immediately on Saturday evening, is pictured taking part in for the Bulls in the course of the Twenty20 Big Bash match between the Queensland Bulls and the Western Australian Warriors at The Gabba on January 16, 2010 in Brisbane

Allan Border, who led the nationwide staff in the Eighties and 90s, was additionally filled with reward for Symonds.

‘People preferred his very laid-back fashion,’ Border mentioned. ‘He lived in Townsville. When I spoke to him, I believe he nonetheless had 100 head of cattle he used to muster.

‘Symo away from the cameras and away from the highlight, cherished, I believe, a little bit of solitude and that’s the reason he cherished his fishing. Loved his personal time.’

Pakistan cricket great Shoaib Akhtar mentioned he was ‘Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away …

‘We shared a great relationship on & off the sector. Thoughts & prayers with the household.’

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds, shown diving to make a century for Lancashire, has died in a car crash aged 46

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds, proven diving to make a century for Lancashire, has died in a automotive crash aged 46

Two months in the past, Symonds expressed his shock on the death of his former teammate, Shane Warne.

‘I’m hoping that is all a nasty dream I simply can’t get my head round by no means seeing you once more,’ he wrote.

‘Love to all of the Warne household I’m speechless.’

The shut mates spent final New Year’s Eve collectively at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, Melbourne, together with their former teammate Michael Hussey. 

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