“He was an extremely cold operator”

The wife of former Australian great Andrew Symonds has reacted to the sudden death of her husband in a car accident in Queensland. Laura, who flew from Sydney to Townsville on Sunday morning with her two children (Chloe and Billy), said they are in shock.

On Saturday night, Symonds, 46, was killed in a car accident in Hervey Range, about 50 km from Townsville. Police issued a statement that emergency services tried to revive the victim but were unable to do so. Symonds’ sudden passing follows the death of Shane Warne, who died in early March.

A tearful Laura told News Corp on Sunday morning about her shock. She also said that the former player had a jovial personality and had time for everyone. She said:

“We are still in shock, just thinking about the two kids. He was such a great person and there is so much of him in his kids. He was the most laid back person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely laid back operator. So hands on. Never He was good on his phone, but he always had time for everyone.”

The two-time World Cup winner’s closest friends reportedly were his teammates Adam Gilchrist, Jimmy Maher and Matthew Hayden.

Tributes poured in from around the world as Gilchrist, Michael Vaughan, Ian Bishop, VVS Laxman, Darren Lehmann, Jonty Rhodes, Harbhajan Singh, Glenn Maxwell and many more tweeted their condolences.


“I’m not a cricket fool, but I was able to understand the game when he explained it to me” – wife of Andrew Symonds

Laura also praised the late cricketer’s commentary skills even though it made him nervous and recounted his display of humor as he explained the sport. She added:

“He was always extremely self-conscious about his intellect and said ‘I didn’t go to college and I don’t have degrees,’ but he was very practical and really smart in his own way. He was a great commentator. He didn’t show it on screen, but sometimes I was very nervous. I could read plays and players and articulate it in layman’s terms. I’m not a cricket fool, but I could understand the game when he explained it to me. He put humour, and it wasn’t serious.”

The spin bowling all-rounder was a key part of Australia’s twin World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. Having debuted in 1998, his reckoning moment came when he smoked 143 of 125 deliveries against Pakistan in the Cup World Cup 2003 to rescue Australia from trouble.

However, disciplinary problems cut his career short and Symonds played his last international match in 2009. The late cricketer retired from all forms of cricket in 2012.


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