Former Australian Test cricketer and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died following a car crash in Queensland, Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday.
Symonds was 46 years old. He had played 26 Tests for Australia.
Police said the accident happened on Saturday evening in Hervey Range, 50km from Townsville. The car Symonds was driving left the road and rolled away, according to a statement from police, which described it as a single-vehicle incident.
“Australian cricket has lost another of its best,” Cricket Australia chairman Lachlan Henderson said in a statement.
“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricketing history.
“He was a cult figure to many who was cherished by his fans and friends.
“On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest condolences go out to Andrew’s family, teammates and friends.”
Symonds was a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning squads in 2003 and 2007 and appeared in 198 one-day internationals in addition to 26 Tests from 2004 to 2008.
Known for his mid-order batting displays, he was an accomplished all-around player who could roll both off-rotation and at mid-pace.
“Everyone had named him the white ball player,” former teammate Mark Taylor told Channel Nine.
“He wanted to prove to the world that he could play Test cricket and he did.
“He was just an artist. He wanted to go out and have fun and play the game he remembered playing as a kid.
“Sometimes he got in trouble because he didn’t train or maybe he had a few too many beers… but that’s how he lived his life and he also wanted to play cricket.”
Symonds’ death came as Australian cricket was still coming to terms with the passing of all-time greats Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, who both died in March.
Queensland Police said an investigation into the accident had been opened.
“Initial information indicates that shortly after 11 p.m. the car was traveling on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when it left the carriageway and rolled over,” the police statement said.
“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries.
“The forensic unit is investigating.
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