Well-known 46-year-old former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash on Saturday night.
According to Queensland Police the crash took place outside Townsville in North Queensland where he lived after retirement.
Police said Andrew Symonds was driving on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when his car left the road and rolled.
Emergency Paramedics attempted to revive him but Andrew Symonds died at the scene.
Laura told the Courier Mail: “We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids.’’
Cricket Australia tweeted:
Andrew Symonds’ passing comes after the shock deaths of fellow Aussie cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh earlier this year.
Andrew Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia and won two Cricket World Cups. He was a key member of Australia’s ODI teams that won World Cups in 2003 and 2007, playing 198 times in the 50-over format, scoring 5088 runs and taking 133 wickets.
During the fourth Test of the 2007-2008 series, things had exploded between Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh. It was revealed that Harbhajan Singh had allegedly called Andrew Symonds a ‘monkey’.
The Indian test cricket team threatened to quit the tour when Harbhajan Singh was suspended for three matches. The International Cricket Council (ICC) overturned the ban.
Later, when the IPL tournaments began, both cricketers played for the same team – Mumbai Indians.
Harbhajan Singh told Indian reporters: “Honestly, it feels great to have him with us. We are playing for one team. Obviously, it’s fantastic to have him in the side. He’s a genuine match-winner. He has proved that over the years with Australia, and is probably one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball in the world.”
Andrew Symonds is survived by wife Laura and young children Chloe and Billy.