Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds passes away in car accident

Former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds passes away in car accident

This mishap took place in the outskirts of the city of Townsville on Sunday (May 15).

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Andrew Symonds of the Legends XI fields a return throw during the Twenty20 match between the Perth Scorchers and Australian Legends at Aquinas College on December 15, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
Andrew Symonds . (Photo by Paul Kane – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

In what can be called a sad piece of development, former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has passed away following a car accident. This mishap took place in the outskirts of the city of Townsville on Sunday (May 15). Symonds was 46 and is survived by wife Laura and two young children, Chloe and Billy. The news of his demise spread like wildfire with condolences coming in from different quarters.

One of the finest all-rounders to have donned the Australian jersey, Symonds was a vital part of his national team during the first decade of 21st century. He was truly a captain’s delight as the dasher could play anywhere in the batting order and his bowling skills made him even more effective. Riding on his prowess, Australia recorded numerous memorable triumphs. Unfortunately, the Aussie great has breathed his last.

“Early information indicates, shortly after 11 pm 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. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating,” a statement issued by the police read.

Andrew Symonds’ family asks for privacy 

As per a report in NewsCorp, Symonds’ family confirmed his passing, and acknowledged peoples’ sympathy and best wishes. At the same time, they asked for privacy in these tough times. Meanwhile, Symonds, who made his international debut in 1998, didn’t take long in becoming a regular part of the national team. He was also instrumental in Australia’s triumph in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup.

Overall, he featured in 26 Tests, 198 ODIs and 14 T20Is, scoring close to 7000 runs alongside taking more than 150 wickets. He made his last international appearance in 2009. Meanwhile, former Australia captain Allan Border also paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary all-rounder, highlighting what made him so special.

“He hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain. He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer,” former Test captain and Fox Sports commentator Allan Border told the Nine Network.