Australia legend Andrew Symonds dies in a car accident
Symonds' car crashed on Saturday (May 14) night, about 50 kilometers outside Townsville, Australia. The car overturned on the left side of the Alice River Bridge. It is believed that it was 11 o'clock at night.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
The cricketing world has not yet been able to overcome the grief of losing Shane Warne. Meanwhile, another Australian legend Andrew Symonds has passed away. Australia's golden age cricketer has died in a road accident.
Symonds was 46 years old at the time of his death. Symonds' car crashed on Saturday (May 14) night, about 50 kilometers outside Townsville, Australia. The car overturned on the left side of the Alice River Bridge. It is believed that it was 11 o'clock at night.
In addition to Symonds, one of his friends was killed in the crash. His death has cast a shadow of mourning over the cricketing world.
In a statement, Queensland Police said they were investigating the single-car crash in Hervey Range Road. "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.
"Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries."
Cricket Australia released a statement, according to its chair Lachlan Henderson, confirming the unexpected incident.
"Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia's success at World Cups and as part of Queensland's rich cricket history.
"He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends. On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew's family, team-mates, and friends."
Born in Birmingham, Symonds had a Caribbean background. However, there were more opportunities to play for England. Shortly after Symonds was adopted, his parents moved to Queensland. At one point he became a world-renowned all-rounder.
Symonds played 26 Tests from 2004 to 2008. He scored 1462 runs with two centuries at an average of 40.61 and took 24 wickets. He played 14 matches for Australia in the T20Is where his strike-rate was 169.34 and average was 48.14.
Despite playing less in Tests and T20Is, he took himself to the ranks of legends by playing ODIs. Symonds, who played 198 ODIs, scored 5088 runs in this format, averaging 39.75. He scored 6 centuries at a strike rate of 92.44. He also got 133 wickets. Symonds was once an integral part of Australia's ODI team.