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Australian World Cup hero Andrew Symonds dies in car crash

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 May 2022, 06:39 am

Melbourne: Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was part of 2003 and 2007 World Cup winning squads, died in a road mishap on Saturday, Cricket Australia confirmed.

He was 46.

Andrew Symonds died following a single-car accident outside Townsville on Saturday night.

He died just months after Aussie spinning legend Shane Warne passed away.

A police statement said they were investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, some 50 kilometres from Townsville, where Symonds lived.

"Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled," the statement read as quoted by Cricket Australia.

Read: Australia: Family and friends farewell Shane Warne in private funeral in Melbourne

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

"The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating," it said.

Symonds played 198 ODIs for Australia and was a key member of the team that won back-to-back World Cups without dropping a match in 2003 and 2007.

The explosive right-hander also played 26 Tests, scoring hundreds against England and India, while he was also a valuable option with the ball, either with his off-breaks or medium pacers.

"Andrew was a much-loved and admired cricketer in Australia and around the world," Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley told Cricket Australia website.

Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, who played numerous matches with Andrew Symonds, tweeted: " This really hurts. #roy #rip."

Another former teammate of Andrew Jason Gillespie said: "Horrendous news to wake up to.Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate. #RIPRoy."

Former cricketer Damien Fleming tweeted: " This is so devastating Roy was So much fun to be around Our Thoughts are with Symonds family."

 Ex-England cricketer Michael Vaughan said: " Simmo .. This doesn’t feel real .. #RIP."