Australian cricket has suffered another immense blow. Their dearly beloved all-rounder Andrew Symonds passed away aged 46 earlier this morning.
Earlier this year, they lost two legends in the form of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in a small span of time. Now they have to cope with the demise of another legend of the game.
The incident has been reported to have taken place 50 kilometers outside Townsville on Saturday. It was a single-car crash, according to the Queensland Police, and it took place on the Hervey Range Road.
According to Cricbuzz, the police said, “early information indicates, shortly after 11 pm the car was being driven on heavy range road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the road and rolled. Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries.”
Later the morbid news was confirmed by a statement issued by Cricket Australia. The statement read, “Australian cricket has lost another of its very best. Andrew was a generational talent.”
An Accomplished Career
Symonds was indeed a legend of the game. He was a part of the Australian team that dominated the cricketing world for a decade. And played 26 tests, 198 ODIs, and 14 T20Is.
He made his debut in 1995, but it took him some time to make his mark. The 2003 World Cup campaign of Australia showed the world what Symonds was capable of. He was a destructive batter, agile fielder, and deceptive bowler, in short, a perfect limited over player.
However, he was no mug in the game’s longest format either. Those who remember his counter-attacking knock of 162 in the Border-Gavaskar trophy know how well he was in Tests.
His career declined suddenly after a controversy that involved India’s Harbhajan Singh. The player revealed in 2018 that it was the lowest point of his career. Following this incident, he was forced out of the team.
Symonds took retirement in 2012 and entered the broadcasting. People from around the globe acknowledged his presence in the com-box. He shall always remain one of the greats to have graced this game with their presence.