Australian cricket ‘cult hero’ Andrew Symonds dies in Queensland car crash | World News

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident aged 46, Cricket Australia announced.

The cricket great was involved in a car accident on Saturday night in the Hervey Range near Townsville in north-east Australia.

Queensland Police said in a statement: “Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 11pm the car was traveling on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge when it left the road and overturned.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however he died of his injuries.

“The Forensic Accident Unit is investigating.”

Australia's Andrew Symonds cuts the ball during their second test of cricket against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 2, 2008. Symonds died on Saturday May 14, 2022, following a single vehicle crash near Townsville in northeastern Australia.  He was 46 years old.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
“The Queenslander was a larger than life figure,” says Cricket Australia. Photo: AP

Cricket Australia described Symonds as “a cult hero during the height of his international playing career and one of the most skilled Australian cricket has seen”.

“The Queenslander was a larger-than-life figure who attracted a wide fan base during his prime years not only for his forceful ways but also for his larrikin personality,” he added.

Symonds played 26 Test matches for Australia and posted two centuries, but was best known as a specialist in limited overs.

He played 198 one-day internationals for Australia and won two World Cups.

After retiring as a player, Symonds became a commentator for cricket broadcasters.

Former teammates and opponents, including Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan, paid tribute to Symonds, affectionately known as “Roy.”

Former goalkeeper Gilchrist tweeted crying and distressed emojis followed by the simple message: “This really hurts. #roy #rip”

Former England captain Vaughan wrote: “Simmo… This doesn’t feel real… #RIP.”

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